North East support fund InvestForGrowth5










The North East Business Support Fund can help businesses receive up to 40% of funding for Business Improvement projects.

And it’s great news for us (and our clients) because the business improvement projects include Marketing planning and strategy as well as web design and development.

What is on offer with Investment for Growth?

Who can apply?

  • Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) actively trading and based in the North East of England
  • Businesses that provide a business to business product or service

Eligible projects include:

  • Business planning
  • Process improvement
  • Financial management & planning
  • Accessing new markets
  • Design of marketing & branding
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Bespoke software development
  • Development of quality management systems
  • Improved ergonomics & layout
  • Environmental/efficiency programmes
  • Change management programmes
  • HR policies & procedures
  • Technical designs
  • Website design & development

What is on Offer with NBSL?

  • Up to 40% support to a maximum of £1400
  • Business diagnostic to clarify need
  • Assistance in finding the right provider
  • Links to other complementary funding in the North East

What type of Businesses can apply?

  • Are a registered business based in the North East of England
  • Have already commenced trading (have issued their 1st invoice)
  • Business to Business client base
  • Are looking to increase turnover or number of employees
  • Have not received support managed by NBSL since April 2011

Examples of Projects that can be supported – Minimum of 12 hours intervention

  • Business growth planning
  • Strategy Development, Change Management, Business Expansion Planning
  • Product development / diversification
  • Developing Quality Management Systems
  • Process improvement systems
  • Financial restructuring
  • Marketing planning
  • E-commerce web design
  • Accessing new markets
  • Succession planning
  • HR Strategy planning and development
  • Design costs for marketing

Examples of Projects that cannot be supported:-

  • Staff training
  • Skills Workshops
  • Internal staffing costs
  • Produce Testing
  • Purchase of capital equipment
  • Purchase of raw materials
  • Production of accounts / financial statements
  • Non e-commerce web design
  • Production of marketing materials

Give us a shout and we’d be more than happy to meet up for a cuppa, a chat and point you in the right direction.