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There is a huge range of local, regional and national funding options to support your start-up and growth plans. Below is a small selection of options. There’s a lot more. Get in touch with the Growth Hub team today to find out what’s available for your business.

Latest Finance Options

You can view some of the latest grants, loans and alternative finance options here. Get in touch today to find out what’s available for your business.

Investment Readiness

Is your business ready to invest and scale-up for future success?  Explore our package of support to understand what opportunities are available to you.

Covid-19 business grants and funding

Find out about finance options, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, grants and other support if you have been economically effected.

DIT Internationalistion Fund

The Department for International Trade has launched its new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) for eligible East Midlands businesses. Match-funded grants of between £1000 and £9000 will be available for future activity.


Non-repayable funding for your business towards the costs of a project or equipment that meets specific criteria and eligibility.

Business Growth Grant

£2,000 to £25,000 capital grant funding available providing 35% of total project costs. Aimed at SMEs looking to grow, introduce new products, processes or innovations.

DIT Internationalistion Fund

The Department for International Trade has launched its new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) for eligible East Midlands businesses. Match-funded grants of between £1000 and £9000 will be available for future activity.

Aerospace Unlocking Potential

Grants between £1,000 and up to £100,000 over up to 18 months for research projects to develop innovative technologies or products and services for the aerospace industry. Plus access to free support and events.

SHIRE Environment Grant

This scheme, run by Leicestershire County Council, aims to help projects that minimise household waste, reduce carbon emissions and improve biodiversity through new and innovative projects. Grants up to £3,000 available. Next round of funding closes on 26 February 2021.

Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

SPRING from The iNet

Supporting Productivity Innovation & Growth – SPRING provides grant funding towards external costs of projects aiming to introduce new capabilities, enhanced capacity or a significantly improved product, process or service.

PROSPER from The iNet

Grant funding towards external costs of innovation and product development projects. Up to £40,000 on capital projects with 30% contribution and £12,000 on revenue projects with 31% contribution.


Phase 2 is now open – offering grants from £1,000 to £7,000 to eligible SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire towards the cost of energy efficiency measures.

Digital Growth Programme

Grants for the introduction of new systems and software to improve business performance and productivity. Grants from £2,000 – £25,000 are available (higher project values will be considered) with a 35% intervention rates.

Leicester Innovation Hub

Innovation vouchers up to £4,000 (consultancy, analytical services and
sustainability audits) are available to use with the University of Leicester for qualifying SMEs interested in developing new products, services and processes.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Supporting SME manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement. Grants up to 35% towards an improvement project, grant value starting from £1000.

NBV Grant for Enterprise and Grant for New Business

Grants of between £1000 and £2500 available. This is for a maximum of 25% of eligible costs for equipment and consultancy on a match funded basis. The minimum project spend is £4000.

Coalville market traders

NW Leicestershire District Council have a small grants programme to help support growing businesses on Coalville Market.

Exploring Enterprises

Fully funded support for 18-30 year olds from the Prince’s Trust that want to explore setting up their own business. Support includes workshops, one-to-one support, a £250 market test grant and access to low interest start up loans up to £5000.

Leicester Low Carbon Transport Accelerator

Grants towards the cost of replacing
fossil fuelled Vehicles with Electric
Vehicles and Hybrids for business use.
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Medilink - SoLSTICE

Life Science companies in the LLEP area can access support to develop new and existing products and services. Innovation grants up to £20k, Med tech trials grants up to £50k and specialist networking event grants up to £3k.


Long and short term, repayable funding for your business to encourage growth, often with specific criteria and eligibility.

Sporting Capital Fund

The £3m Sporting Capital Fund provides loan funding of between £50,000 and £150,000 to eligible organisations. The loans are available to fund organisations that make a difference to individuals and communities through sport.

First Enterprise Small Loans for Business

Provides business loans to individuals, aiming to support good business ideas that could be difficult to fund through other means.  Loans from £3,000 to £50,000 are available with 30% contribution required from the applicant.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is the world’s leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses.  Loans are available from £5k to £1m directly from a wide range of investors, including more than 44,000 people, the UK Government, local councils, a university and a number of financial organisations.

Invest to Grow

£16m East Midlands wide funding available to SMEs – loans and grants ranging from £15k to £250k to cover 30% of a project cost.

Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Midlands Engine Investment Fund offers four different funding options to help your business grow, ranging from small business loans to fund start-ups, to later-stage equity investment that allows established businesses to continue growing.

Sir Thomas White Charity

Leicester based charity providing interest free business loans for under 45s of up to £20,000 for small businesses based in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Start Up Loans

Government backed start-up loans programme offer £500 up to £25,000 over a period of 1-5 years. Loans charged at 6% interest with no set up or early repayment fees with 12 months of free mentoring.

Alternative Finance

Commercial finance options for businesses from high street banks and tools to help find what you’re looking for.

Better Business Finance

Impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow. BBF works with a number of industry partners and membership institutions,

Business Growth Fund

BGF is an investment partner for growing companies in every sector of the economy. They provide the tools you need to grow, from funding to expertise, while letting you set the course.

Business is Great

Help for businesses to find out how to access affordable and appropriate finance as well as more general guidance.

Funding Options

Funding Options helps UK firms access business finance, working directly with small businesses and their trusted advisers.


A useful tool for business users who know what they are looking for. It provides information on government-backed support and finance for business.

British Business Bank Finance Hub

Designed to help businesses understand the financial landscape and ultimately access the right finance for their growth potential. Independent, impartial and digital hub for growing UK businesses.


Funding and support for social enterprise and social entrepreneurs.


Finpoint is a funding platform that helps sole traders and SMEs find the right lenders and get access to finance options that are most relevant for their business with just one simple online application.