Get your Ducks in a Row when it comes to Grants

Posted: 28th May 2014

When you are looking to develop your business, there is a surprising number of Government and European Grants that you can potentially take advantage of. Rather than taking up the first grant that you happen to hear about, it is worth investing a little time in understanding what is available to you – accessing the right funding in the right order can make £000’s worth of difference to your business.

You really do need to get your ducks in a row when accessing funding to make the most of what is on offer and timing is essential. You can usually choose and involve your own business adviser to help you – so long as they are approved as being up to the job by the Grant provider.

If you are new to the maze of funding opportunities and haven’t sought business advice within the last three years, the first place to look is Enterprise Nation Growth Vouchers – worth up to £2000. You could then potentially also access 50%, 40% and 30% matched funding grant opportunities – many businesses will be able to take advantage of each of these.

However, Grants do have a “shelf life” so it is vital that if you are looking for help to give your business a boost, you seek them out as soon as you can .You might be pleasantly surprised at the areas you may get help with-

  • Sales and marketing strategy
  • Investment in Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) supply chain
  • Business Plans
  • Getting systems in place for CE Marking, ISO 9001, 14001 and other industry standards
  • Packaging and selling within the Agricultural sector
  • Bespoke staff training as part of addressing a wider business strategy
  • Finance
  • Consultancy to improve product design
  • Patent search activities
  • IPR strategy
  • Design for manufacture and assembly
  • Product development consultancy
  • Rapid prototyping to support advanced manufacturing
  • Subcontract cad design and drafting
  • Tooling costs

This list is not exhaustive – so for more information contact: Patricia Powell at