Growing your business
Ready to grow your business and take it to the next level?
There are a number of schemes and initiatives available to help businesses grow. Below are a few options that may help your business.
South Cambridgeshire Growth Fund
Businesses based in our area looking for help to scale and grow can now apply for financial support from our new South Cambridgeshire Growth Fund, launched on 5 July 2021.
The scheme is open to micro and SME applicants from any sector. They could be pandemic start-ups or established businesses looking to expand.
A one-off grant of between £1,000 to a maximum of £50,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.
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Local sources of business support
Growth Works is a business growth service set up to support the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority in delivering jobs and business growth to the region.
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Growth Hub gives local businesses access to a wide range of business support, advice, grants and events aimed at helping businesses to grow and develop.
The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses through Intellectual Property and Market Research advice sessions and workshops on a range of business support topics.
Allia's business support programmes are designed to help entrepreneurs to develop and grow impact ventures.
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers a wide range of opportunities for businesses from professional development, through consultancy, to support for innovation.
The Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge offers resources for entrepreneurs to help you grow your business successfully through its Entrepreneurship Centre. It also offers courses in business management for executives, leaders and managers.
The Institute for Manufacturing (IFM) at the University of Cambridge can provide consultancy and support for manufacturing businesses of all sizes.
Nationally available business support
Goldman Sachs '10,000 Small Businesses' is an initiative to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. '10,000 Small Businesses' is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Free webinars are available from HMRC aimed at supporting your business. A whole range of topics are covered from trading internationally, tax advice, guidance if you are self employed and many other helpful business support topics.
The British Library Business and IP Centre provides a range of information, services and training programmes to help businesses scale up, or develop new products and services.
The Federation of Small Businesses provides a range of useful information and fact sheets.
Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth. If you are a business that needs support or a business professional who can offer support, Mentorsme can help you connect with each other.
NerdWallet has created a "business growth hub" to support local businesses with a range of services for startups and small businesses. This includes raising finance to business automation.
VisitEngland’s free Business Advice Hub helps tourism businesses to grow, with free resources, advice and toolkits.
Anglia Ruskin University offer a range of business support programmes including the Knowledge Exchange Embed Partnership (KEEP+) which helps SMEs develop new products or services in collaboration with universities and research institutes. There is a supporting capital grant available.
Innovate UK has funds and competitions available to help businesses undertake a range of tasks including feasibility testing, product creation and improvement, and research and development.
Research and Development Tax Credits on corporation tax are available for projects that try to develop practical science or technology solutions, even if they fail.
The Department for International Trade’s website offers guidance for new, occasional and frequent exporters.
Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce offer a range of services to help exporters.
Enterprise Europe Network aims to help businesses innovate and grow internationally.
Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises to export.
The EU have a useful one stop portal providing practical advice on how to do business in Europe.
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