For a discussion on eligibility and support please contact Michael Lister or Russell Hardy.

Grant Opportunities

The Humber LEP Business Loan Fund

Target SME’s in North Lincolnshire
End date 2020
  • An £8m business investment grant programme, offered by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council
  • Business grants are available to SME’s for capital expenditure projects that will result in new jobs being created, up to £500k grant at a maximum of 30% intervention rate
  • Available to viable businesses who have been trading for more than 12 months with a broad (beyond the Humber area) customer and competitor base and not operating in a restricted sector

Business Growth and Digital Growth Grants (GLLEP)

Target SME’s trading for more than 12 months with expansion plans
End date December 2018
  • Access to grants for Business Development or Digital. Maximum £10k with grant support between 30-50%
  • Job creation a requirement
  • Applications need to be submitted via Growth Hub Advisor


  • Capital grants up to a maximum of 28% of the eligible capital spend on initiatives that promote business growth, help create jobs and improve the efficiency of a business
  • The minimum grant available is £1,000 and maximum £25,000

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Target SME’s manufacturers
End date September 2019
  • Free advice and support to manufacturing SME’s to help identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement. Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Cover 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a growth/improvement grant

Leader Grant Programme

Target Farmers, foresters, rural businesses and rural communities
End date March 2019
  • Rural development programme running until 2019 providing grants for Businesses, Farmers, Foresters and those involved in Tourism, Heritage and Community Initiatives
  • Grants from £2,500 to £80,000 depending on the costs involved

Digital Development Programme

Target SME’s in North and North East Lincolnshire
End date December 2018
  • An extensive schedule of workshops on various topics and 1:1 support
  • £1000 grant towards implementing digital technology into your business process
  • Use of equipment and facilities to solve a manufacturing problem or prototype a new product

Building Better Supply Chains in Greater Lincolnshire (GLLEP)

Target SME’s in North and North East Lincolnshire
  • Funded diagnostic
  • Networking and integrating with new and other supply chain partners
  • Become involved in new diverse markets
  • Improve productivity with funded support and advice


Growing The Humber Business Loan Fund

Target Companies looking to unlock capital projects that have the potential for job creation and can quickly deliver tangible economic outcomes through providing additional capital investment
  • Loans of between £100,000 and £1,000,000.
  • Must be ‘ready to go’ capital schemes that are able to generate employment quickly

Finance for Enterprise

  • Enterprise Loans support viable business and projects considered too high risk or early stage for mainstream sources of finance
  • For early stage established businesses, typically with a minimum of 3 employees
  • Maximum loan value £150,000

Invest and Grow Loan Fund (GLLEP)

Target Larger schemes in North and North East Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire
  • Loans of between £500,000 and £2.5 million available for larger schemes which can unlock developments and enable the delivery of new jobs, commercial space and homes
  • The fund aims to accelerate stalled developments and create jobs through rapid investments in local infrastructure and tackling site constraints
  • Eligible projects ill fund infrastructure costs including utilities, flood management, access roads and employment and housing sites

Chamber Acorn Fund Including Start-up Loans

Target Start up, existing business, community and social enterprises, inward investors moving to the Humber region
End date 2020
  • Chamber Acorn Fund is a not-for-profit company and an accredited responsible finance provider offering gap funded loans to a small business that are normally excluded from high street commercial lenders
  • They also provide Start-up Loans, a government-backed personal loan, available to individuals looking to start or grow a business
  • Loans from £1,000 to £100,000 over a period of 1-10 years with interest rates from 10-14%

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Target SME’s from new starts to expanding
  • Loans of £25,000 to £100,000 to fund expansion/capital projects (Microfinance)
  • Loans of £100,000 to £750,000 (for businesses that can demonstrate growth potential) for working capital, hiring staff, machinery purchase (Debt finance)
  • Early stage or late stage equity funding for businesses with ambitious plans or large start-ups of £50,000 to £2m. (Equity Finance)

Workforce Incentives, Subsidies & Training

Jobcentre Plus

  • Offering a FREE recruitment and matching service for employers including advertising vacancies on - sifting applications, interviewing and testing candidates
  • Fund our candidates through a work trial
  • Access hidden talent with work experience helping volunteers increase skills, enhance CV’s and gain a reference
  • Provide redundancy assistance for staff including access to training

Skills Support for the Workforce

  • Offer courses to eligible employees aged 19+ who are employed in a Small to Medium sized business based in Greater Lincolnshire or The Humber