Business Support

Support measures for businesses

Find out about the support you can get for your business.

A full range of business support measures and funding packages have been made available to UK businesses.

We have created this page help our members find out how to access the support that has been made available and understand who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

NB. Whilst we work closely with our stakeholder groups to obtain and share the latest information, further funding & support may be available.


The Tees Valley Innovation Accelerator (TIA) Project

The Tees Valley Innovation Accelerator (TIA) has been established to help companies drive innovation and produce new products, process and services.

It is delivered by TWI Middlesbrough (based in the Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park, TeesAMP) and Teesside University who will provide fully funded support to any Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) in the Tees Valley.

Read more here.

Materials Integrity Technology Transfer (MITT) Project

Helping SME’s with their technical business challenges with up to 7 days of free support covering a variety of processes/support/technologies/certification, etc.

Read more here.

Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund

This fund is to support businesses investing in life sciences manufacturing projects in the UK.

£7 million funding to support HealthTech SMEs with regulatory processes

CPI and ABHI, with Innovate UK, announce a new £7 million funding programme to support UK-based HealthTech SMEs with navigating regulatory processes.

SMEs invited to trial new digital platform to design and create personalised FMCGs

A new open innovation competition – launched by the European Union H2020 ‘DIY4U’ project – is inviting SMEs to design and create personalised Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) using digital customisation technologies.

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) launches new £60 million Phase 2 competition windo

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have launched the Phase 2: Spring 2022 competition window of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF). Phase 2 is worth around £220 million in funding between Autumn 2021 and 2025.

Fully funded support for NEPIC members to address innovation challenges

The PROSPECT programme is CPI’s new European Regional Development Fund project is designed to support SMEs in the North East.

Support for product or process development is available at appropriate scales, ranging from laboratory to pilot and prototyping, in order to accelerate the development and launch of innovative new products.

Funding Opportunity: Carbon Recycling Network Business Interaction Vouchers

NIBB Business Interaction Vouchers up to £10K, 100% costed will be used to encourage and support collaboration between academic partners and industrial partners within the Carbon Recycling Network framework.

North of Tyne £18m Low Carbon Investment Fund Launches

SME’s, public sector organisations, and community groups developing low carbon projects across Newcastle, Northumberland, and North Tyneside can now access up to £2m of investment per project through the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Green New Deal Fund.

Tees Valley Peer Networks journey to Net Zero

Tees Valley SMEs can now join forces with other local business leaders to support each other on your journey to Net Zero.

Through Tees Valley Business’s free Peer Networks programme you can join group sessions led by an expert facilitator.

Made Smarter Adoption Programme

Backed by world-renowned businesses and the UK government, Made Smarter Adoption North East will connect your business with digital tools that can transform the way you work.

Working with specialist technology experts, you’ll get the support you need to implement the new technology in your business, and help in identifying possible grant funding.

DigitalCity Accelerator Programm

The DigitalCity Accelerator Programme has been designed to fast-track the growth of recently established digital / tech companies that are bringing new products and services to market. The team are on the lookout for talented tech pioneers to join the next programme starting Wednesday 6th October, 2021.

TFI Network+ Small Project Funding: Resource Efficiency, Recovery and Circular Economy

The TFI Network+ is requesting proposals for short term projects (6 months or a maximum of £56k at 80% FEC) in the area of Resource Efficiency, Recovery and the Circular Economy.

Digital City SCALE Programme

The DigitalCity SCALE programme has been designed for digital business leaders in the Tees Valley to equip them with the digital knowledge they need to grow.

ARROW: Innovation Support for SMEs

Newcastle University’s Arrow programme is designed to make it easier for SMEs to collaborate with the University in order to support and boost research and innovation in the North East LEP region.

Arrow provides two support mechanisms to address SME needs: the Innovation Catalyst and Innovation Accelerator.

Tees Valley Peer Networks

The Peer Networks scheme links owners of small and medium-sized businesses across the region so that they can connect to tackle challenges, take advantage of opportunities, share knowledge and gain new insights.

Creative Industries Fund: fast start business growth pilot

UK-registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector can apply for a package of support to grow their business. This package includes ongoing support from Innovate UK EDGE and funding of up to £25,000 for innovation projects.

Newcastle University ARROW: Innovation Support for SME

Newcastle University’s Arrow programme is designed to make it easier for SMEs to collaborate with the University in order to support and boost research and innovation in the North East LEP region.

£20m Brexit Support Fund- now open for applications

The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund aims to enable traders to access practical support, including training for new customs, rules of origin and VAT processes. Small businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,000 in order to help them navigate new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.

Help to Grow programme

Take your business to the next level with the government’s new Help to Grow programme.

The programme will help small and medium sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits.

New Grant Launched To Help Businesses Become Energy Efficient And Save Money

Companies could claim back up to 45% of the upfront costs of their energy-saving project.

The Skills for Growth Programme

The Skills for Growth Programme can help you identify your business’s skills gaps and access the employee training needed to grow your business.

Tees Valley Business’s Skills for Growth Programme is here to help Tees Valley SMEs fill any skills gaps within their team – now, or in the future – to boost productivity, and improve their competitive position.

North East Business Support Fun

NBSL have been able to secure further investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the value of £1.6m to support 730 businesses. The North East Business Support fund has been extended until March 2023. 

Tees Valley Catalyst Fund

A £10 million fund which helps ambitious businesses bid for new contracts by providing short-term loans. FW Capital manages the fund on behalf of Tees Valley Combined Authority and the fund is supported by the Regional Growth Fund. The fund can reinvest loans that are repaid to support more businesses in the future.

Growth Spark Vouchers – Grants of up to £10k

Grow Tees Valley’s ‘Growth Spark Voucher’ is designed to help Tees Valley SMEs develop or improve, their products and services. Grants of up to £10k are available (for a project valued at £20k), and the grant can be used towards consultancy, capital and consumable costs to deliver growth plans.

£20m SME Brexit support fund announced

Government has announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to support small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. SMEs who trade only with the EU and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU.

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