Funding Opportunities Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

From start up loans, to financial support for training, growth and capital grants, get access to the latest funding opportunities across Lancashire for you and your business.

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HBCL Support to Health and Social Care Businesses
Healthcare Business Connect Lancashire (HBCL) is a fully funded programme that will provide assistance to any healthcare organisation; pre-startup, new or existing that has the aspiration to grow their business.
£Support - £Support

In order to prosper, Health and Social Care businesses in Lancashare need help to access NHS and Private markets.  We provide access to patients, clinicians, evaluators, academics and funding that will accelerate your growth.

Led by the Innovation Agency and with Lancaster Health Hub as a delivery partner, HBCL works with experienced health care professionals all with a commitment to Lancashire's health economy.

We provide assistance through 1:1 mentoring, market access, workshops, support for funding applications, evaluation and research and signposting and research to other initiatives and regular healthcare market focused events.

If you have ambitions to setup or grow your healthcare business, please talk to us!

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund
Energy efficiency support, energy assessments and funding for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales
£TBC - £5,000.00

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.

January 2018 sector competition: strand 2, emerging and enabling technologies
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £19 million to develop innovations in emerging and enabling technologies or health and life sciences. A further £12 million is available for KTPs.
£35,000.00 - £2,000,000.00

Innovate UK will invest up to £19 million in innovation projects that inspire new products, processes and services. These should address challenges in emerging and enabling technologies.

The aim of this competition is to help UK businesses broaden their innovation activities, disrupt existing markets and find new revenue sources.

A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships(KTPs).

Projects must show significant innovation in one of our 4 priority areas:

  1. Emerging technologies (biofilms, energy harvesting, graphene, new imaging technologies).
  2. Digital.
  3. Enabling capabilities, including electronics, sensors and photonics (ESP), robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), creative economy and design.
  4. Space applications.

This competition has 2 strands. This is the emerging and enabling strand. The other strand is health and life sciences.

Innovation loans: manufacturing and materials readiness
Loans to enable the increase in manufacturing readiness of innovations in manufacturing systems or processes and/or materials development, integration or reuse.
£100,000.00 - £1,000,000.00

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for innovative manufacturing or materials projects.

The aim of this competition is to provide a loan which will help SMEs increase manufacturing readiness. This applies to innovations in manufacturing systems, technologies or processes, and/or materials development, properties, integration or reuse.

Proposals should focus on the scale-up of recent or ongoing manufacturing process innovation and/or materials development activities. The project’s aim should be to enable UK based companies to progress innovative manufacturing or materials developments to commercial readiness.

Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on research and development (R&D), and up to 2 more years to establish a clear route to commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years.

Businesses must be able to show that they:

  • can cover interest payments
  • will be able to repay the loan on time
  • need public funding

March 2018 sector competition
Innovate UK will invest up to £15 million in highly innovative projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. This should be with a view to commercialisation and economic impact.
£25,000.00 - £1,000,000.00

Innovate UK will invest up to £15 million in highly innovative projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. This should be with a view to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to lead to new products, processes or services (or novel use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar available in the field. You can view Innovate UK videos and success stories to help in your application.

Your proposals can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and any part of the economy.

Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up as soon as possible following completion. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity and/or access to new overseas markets through export.

You may also be interested in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), a completely separate competition with a separate application process.

Film Export Fund
We offer support to drive export opportunities for British films abroad.

This fund is a springboard for British film exports, designed to help British films make sales abroad when they’re selected for important international festivals.
The fund can help sales agents with a film’s publicity and marketing, as well as with the technical and logistical costs of appearing at a high-profile festival.

Creative Englands Film Business Support
Creative England’s Film Enterprise Fund will invest £2m over four years to improve the growth and sustainability of film-related businesses in England outside of Greater London.

Creative England will work with companies on an individual basis and design made-to-measure programmes of business support and funding to help entrepreneurs unlock new opportunities, develop creative strategies, refine their business models and attract increased levels of corporate finance. They are also looking to encourage new business alliances and joint ventures and to help companies enhance their capacity for international trade.

Film Enterprise has a range of options at its disposal and our aim is to work with film companies and the people who run them to develop a plan for funding and support that is most appropriate to the needs and aspirations of the individual business. We will support companies to develop their creative and business strategies, diversify revenue streams and take advantage of emerging markets.

We can offer recoupable grant, debt and equity funding alongside "money+" options such as business planning, skills development, leadership training, mentoring and the attachment of non-exec directors. However, this list is by no means exhaustive and our principle is that the offer is bespoke rather than prescriptive.

Please note that Film Enterprise does not offer standalone single project or slate funding. We will however consider proposals that include these as part of an overall business growth plan.

BFI Film Fund Development funding
The BFI’s Development Fund is intended for the formal development of projects that are unlikely to be commercially financed at an early stage and would therefore benefit from National Lottery support.

We aim to award funding to distinct and original live action and animated fiction film across a range of genres, approaches and perspectives. 

Filmmaking teams from across the UK, who can demonstrate previous experience in writing, directing and producing, are eligible for BFI development funding, and we aim to help these filmmakers develop compelling and viable projects to a point at which they are ready to seek production funding, from the BFI or other sources.

Filmmakers with less experience, those at the start of their careers, and writers and directors without a producer, should visit the BFI NETWORK, which supports new filmmaker voices with networking, professional development opportunities and funding.