Posted: Thu 3rd Sep 2020
Enterprise Nation has published a spreadsheet of links to all Growth Hubs in England where small businesses can register interest in grants to access new equipment and professional advice.
Unveiled in July, the £20m funding, provided by the England European Regional Development Fund, is aimed at helping small firms get back on track during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grants of £1,000 to £5,000 can be spent on equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify in response to COVID-19.
They can also be used to pay for one-to-one specialist business advice for responding to the impact of the pandemic such as HR, accounting, legal, finance, health and safety and IT experts.
SMEs with fewer than 250 staff, a turnover under €50m and were trading on or before 1 March 2020 can apply.
The programme is being delivered by England's 38 Growth Hubs. Each has been provided with a minimum of £250,000. The funding allocation for each area is here.
All grants must be awarded by 28 February 2021 and all activity fully completed by 31 March 2021.
Some Growth Hubs have already started allocating the grants while others are inviting businesses to register their interest by filling in a form or signing up to a newsletter to stay updated.