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Regenerate's directory of finance schemes and other publicly funded services available in the Lancashire area.

Finance & Services

This section is a constantly evolving searchable directory of public funded services available in the Lancashire area, including grant funding and business support.

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Rosebud Business Solutions

Finance Type: Business Expansion, Capital Investment, Training and Development

Coverage: Burnley, Chorley, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire

Amount: From £10,000 up to £1 million

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

Rosebud Finance offers both loans and equity based finance solutions from £50,000 to £1 million to available high growth businesses operating or moving in to Lancashire

Growth Accelerator

About this Finance item:

Growth Accelerator is a partnership between private enterprise and government. It can help you in several ways, including network support and helping you attract investment by developing your funding proposition and introducing you to funders.

Collaborative Research and Development

Finance Type: New Product Development, Research and Development

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Pennine Lancashire, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount: Projects range in value from £10,000 to many millions

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

Collaborative Research and Development (R&D) is designed to assist the industrial and research communities to work together on R&D projects from which successful new products, processes and services can emerge.

Business Finance North West

About this Finance item:

Business Finance NorthWest is the finance arm of Bolton Business Ventures Ltd and specialises in providing finance for business start-ups and for growing businesses looking to develop to the next level, or simply looking to stabilise their situation.

Pendle Town Centre Shop Front Improvement Grants

Finance Type: Property Improvement

Coverage: Pendle

Amount: Grants are available up to 50% of costs to a maximum of £3,000

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

Town Centre Shop Front Improvement Grants are available for retailers in the town centre’s of Nelson; Colne, Brierfield and West Craven (Barnoldswick and Earby).

Newground – environmental/health & safety services

About this Finance item:

Newground is a social enterprise operating throughout the North of England, supporting businesses with environmental and health and safety services.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)

Finance Type: Mentoring, New Business Start Up, New Product Development

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Pennine Lancashire, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount: The total package of support could be worth up to £2,000 to each participant who starts their own business.

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

NEA will be available to Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) customers who have been claiming for 26-weeks or more. Participants will get access to a volunteer business mentor who will support them through the process of writing a business plan, starting a business and through to post start.

Start Up Britain

About this Finance item:

Start-Up Britain is a series of web based tools and guidance (all in one place) to help business to start and grow. There are a number of corporate sponsors who make offers to new and growing businesses such as free business cards, discount business phone lines, discounts insurance.

Start Up Donut website

About this Finance item:

There are five Donut websites , founded by Google and Sage – Law Donut, Marketing Donut, Start Up Donut, IT Donut and Tax Donut. Each aims to help small and medium-sized businesses to succeed by providing reliable information and resources that can save business owners time and money.

Pendle Tourism Development Grants

Finance Type: Business Expansion, Capital Investment, New Business Start Up, Plant and Equipment, Property Improvement, Rural Development, Technology

Coverage: Pendle

Amount: Pendle Tourism Development grants are available up to a maximum of £4,000

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

The Tourism Unit of Pendle Council offers business advice and Pendle Tourism Development grants to existing tourism businesses or those propsoing to establish for the first time.

Feed in Tariffs

Finance Type: Energy Efficiency, Environmental, Renewable Technologies, Technology

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Pennine Lancashire, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount: Up to 41.3p/kWh in income can be obtained, depending on the type and size of the system used to generate renewable energy. Plus a minimum of an additional 3p/kWh when you export any surplus back to the grid. Larger systems (over 30kWp) may be of interest to energy companies wishing to 'buy' surplus electricity through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Through PPAs, prices nearer to market values are paid for exported electricity.

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

The tariffs are payments to anyone who owns a renewable electricity system, for every kilowatt hour they generate. They are applicable to households, businesses and, indeed, virtually any property owner.

Enhanced Capital Allowances – Water Saving Investments and Energy Efficient technologies

About this Finance item:

The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme for Water Saving Investments is part of the government initiative to provide tax relief to businesses for investments in designated energy saving technology. The aim of the scheme is to encourage businesses to invest in water saving technologies by enabling businesses to claim 100% first year capital allowances on investments in technologies and products that encourage sustainable water use. Businesses can write off the whole cost of their investment against their taxable profits of the period during which they make the investment.

IsWindTech

About this Finance item:

The Development of Innovative Small Wind Turbine Technologies project (IsWindTech) has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund to assist SME’s in the North West wishing to utilise small wind turbine technology.

Job Centre Plus Partnership Working

About this Finance item:

Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus means that your business will agree to offer unemployed people who want to work the opportunity to get a job and progress their career, subject to their performance. In return, Jobcentre Plus will link you to a pool of potential recruits who are eager to work and have the core skills you need.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with Lancaster University

Finance Type: Business Expansion, Technology, Training and Development

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Pennine Lancashire, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount: The cost model below shows an example budget and annual costs for a KTP for both a Large Company and an SME, using a Senior Academic as the Academic Supervisor.

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

KTPs are a UK-wide programme to encourage business / knowledge base (University) collaborations, helping businesses and organisations to improve their competitiveness and / or productivity through the use of the knowledge, technology and skills that reside within academic institutions, and at the same time, increasing the business relevance of knowledge base research and teaching. KTPs […]

Enterprise Europe Network

Finance Type: Energy Efficiency, Exporting, New Product Development, Renewable Technologies, Research and Development, Rural Development, Technology

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Greater Manchester, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Pennine Lancashire, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount: The majority of the service provided is free to North West businesses. Some services such as brokerage, may incur a nominal charge.

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the official European Union (EU) business support network for small and medium-sized enterprises, and is present in over 45 countries and 280 cities. The network is a collaboration between the UK Trade and Investment department and a number of North West public sector bodies.

The Apprenticeship Grant

About this Finance item:

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme by providing a grant to the value of £1,500.

The Renewable Heat Incentive

Finance Type: Energy Efficiency, Environmental

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Greater Manchester, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Pennine Lancashire, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount: Tax free payments from the Government dependent upon the amount of renewable heat generated for up to a period of 20 years

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world‘s first financial incentive scheme of its kind designed to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies and reduce the UK‘s carbon emissions.

The Princes Trust – The Enterprise Programme

About this Finance item:

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30. It helps them figure out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them. Depending on the outcome of this process, the programme can then offer mentoring support and, for those that really need it, financial support to start a […]

Access to Finance

About this Finance item:

Putting the right financial solutions in place can often mean the difference between success and failure for a company’s growth potential. Access to Finance’s Specialist Finance Advisors are able to help you find these.

Plug-in Van Grant

Finance Type: Business Expansion, Capital Investment, Energy Efficiency, Environmental

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Greater Manchester, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Pennine Lancashire, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount: 20 per cent towards the cost of the vehicle, up to a maximum of £8,000.

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

Since February 2012, motorists purchasing a qualifying ultra-low emission van can receive a grant of 20 per cent towards the cost of the vehicle, up to a maximum of £8,000.

Grants For Growth

Finance Type: Business Expansion, Capital Investment, Plant and Equipment, Property Improvement, Technology

Coverage: Pendle

Amount: Between £2,000 - £10,000

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

The Grants For Growth scheme’s purpose is to assist the growth and development of private sector businesses within Pendle and encourage investment in projects that will help to develop and expand their operations. How much grant is available? Grant assistance of up to 25% of the eligible costs, subject to a minimum award of £2,000 and […]

UK Green Investment Bank

About this Finance item:

The initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to setting the UK firmly on course towards a green and growing economy, while also delivering long-term sustainable growth. This transition to a green economy presents significant growth opportunities for UK-based businesses, both at home and abroad.

Start-up Loan Scheme

About this Finance item:

The Government backed StartUp Loan Scheme provides advice and start-up finance (around £2,500) for anybody aged 18+ looking to start and grow their own businesses.

Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS)

About this Finance item:

The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) allows banks and building societies to borrow at cheaper rates from the Bank of England for periods of up to four years.

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

About this Finance item:

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) was set up in April 2012 and is designed to help small, early-stage companies to raise equity finance.

Subsidised consultancy support for SMEs

Finance Type: Business Expansion

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool

Amount:

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

MAS can provide partial funding towards consultancy support for SMEs, of up to 50% of the cost of an expert to help you improve your business, at two different levels.

Edge Hill University – Sandwich Placements

About this Finance item:

Through the Dept. of Computing at Edge Hill University, employers can access students from a wide variety of academic courses, including: Information Systems; Mobile and Embedded Systems; Web Systems Development; Networking, Security and Forensics; and Information Technology Management.

The Angel Co Fund

About this Finance item:

The Angel Co Fund invests amounts of £100,000 to £1 million into small and medium sized businesses with high growth potential, working in partnership with syndicates of experienced business angels to help companies fulfil their promise.

Wage Incentive Scheme (Job Centre Plus)

About this Finance item:

The Wage Incentive Scheme is directed at business owners who want to take on staff, and 18-24 year olds who have been claiming unemployment benefits for 6 months or more.

Blackpool Investment Fund

Finance Type: Business Expansion, Capital Investment, Property Improvement

Coverage: Blackpool

Amount: £2,000 - £150,000

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

Blackpool Investment Fund is a loan and capital grant fund set up by Blackpool Council to assist businesses to assist finance investment projects creating jobs and growth in the local economy.

ldea lnvestment Vouchers

About this Finance item:

UCLan’s Idea Investment Vouchers can provide you with up to £20,000 to access expert knowledge and specialist equipment to advance your ideas and create forward-thinking solutions.

Business Finance Partnership (BFP)

About this Finance item:

The Business Finance Partnership was set up to invest £1.2 billion in increasing lending to small and medium-sized businesses from sources other than banks. The money is being matched with at least an equal amount from private sector investors and will be invested on fully commercial terms.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Work Clubs

Finance Type:

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen

Amount:

Expiry date: n/a

About this Finance item:

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s weekly work clubs provide an opportunity for people to meet others looking for work, build new contacts and share job hunting experiences. Attendees can have access to either PCs [depending on venue] or tablets with internet access along with staff support with job searching. Referrals can also be made to […]

UK export finance

About this Finance item:

UK export finance provides trade credit insurance to exporters and guarantees to banks to support UK exports.

Travel Planning in Lancashire

Finance Type: Capital Investment

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley, Rossendale

Amount: Grants up to £5000 can be accessed in the boroughs of Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley.

Expiry date: Thursday 1st December 2016

About this Finance item:

Businesses in East Lancashire can access up to £5000 in grants and other free support to help them deliver sustainable travel initiatives.

Boost: Growth Mentoring

Finance Type: Mentoring

Coverage: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre

Amount:

Expiry date: Monday 31st December 2018

About this Finance item:

Growth Mentoring What is it? Growth Mentoring is a fully funded programme delivered by Community and Business Partners and Orvia for Lancashire business-to-business focused growth hungry Small to Medium sized enterprises (SME’s). The overall aim is to accelerate the growth of SMEs to stimulate new investment and job creation by systematically identifying and removing the […]

Boost: Growth Support Programme (Start Ups)

About this Finance item:

Growth Support Programme What is it? Growth Support Programme is a fully funded programme delivered by a Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all, targeted at supporting potential entrepreneurs across Lancashire to start their own high growth business and existing Lancashire enterprises already trading to achieve their growth aspirations. The Growth Support Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs […]