Other business support

We work in partnership with a number of funding organisations to support economic growth with access to grants, loans and financial investment to help your business grow.

Listed below is a selection of funding sources which may prove helpful to your business.

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The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Norfolk offers free support to help start or grow a business. This includes one-to-one advice, workshops and networking events as well as resources, access to databases and help to protect your ideas. 

Norfolk Insight

Norfolk Insight is a locality-focused information system providing data and analysis for neighbourhoods in Norfolk and Waveney. By empowering you with up-to-date knowledge of local communities, Norfolk Insight provides the evidence-base you need to make better informed decisions to improve services and localities.

Norfolk County Council grants and support

Find out what support may be available through schemes delivered or associated to Norfolk County Council.

Building Futures

This scheme, available across both South Norfolk and Broadland, aims to increase the number of new apprenticeships offered through the provision of incentive grants, training and wraparound apprenticeship support.

Help to Grow: Management

This 12-week programme, delivered by the Norwich Business School at UEA, aimed to support managers and leaders of local small and medium sized businesses to learn new skills, boost profits and improve business performance, resilience, and long-term growth. It is 90% funded, leaving £750 to contribute by the company.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy schemes

Find out what active schemes are available across the country and filter for schemes that may be suitable for your business.

Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

The department has been established to deliver the Prime Minister's ambition for the UK to become a science and technology superpower and to improve the lives of everyone across the country through stronger growth, better jobs and bold discoveries.

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

The department is focussed on reducing energy bills, increasing energy independence and leading the transition to net zero.

Foundation East

Foundation East is a membership organisation that provides small business loans. Unlike banks they do not use a credit scoring system to make a decision but instead assess the risk of lending to your business by looking at your business plan, cash-flow projections and previous credit history. 

New Anglia Growth Programme

The New Anglia Growth programme has a support directory where you can search for business funding options from local and national sources.

Innovation grant mentoring project

Do you have an idea worthy of Innovate UK funding, or need help with your application? Get mentoring and bid writing support to help you secure the funding you need to develop your project or idea.

Net Zero Innovation portfolio

The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio provides funding for low-carbon technologies and systems. Decreasing the costs of decarbonisation, the Portfolio will help enable the UK to end its contribution to climate change.

Norfolk Community Foundation

Norfolk Community Foundation award grants for groups and individuals through a range of different Funds set up by local philanthropists who want to make a difference in their local community.

Innovation funding

Innovation funding is provided by GOV.UK to support development of an innovative product or service, with funding available between £25,000 and £10 million.

Arts grants and funding

Find more information here about funding schemes for arts projects across Norfolk.

SBRI: the Small Business Research Initiative

Delivered by Innovate UK this competition seeking to develop solutions that provide businesses with access to information on improving productivity. These solutions will help businesses at all levels (leaders, management and employees) access new opportunities to improve productivity levels where they work.


Greater South East Energy Hub

Working with public sector organisations and their stakeholders to support the development and financing of local energy projects.

UK Tradeshow Programme

A tradeshow support programme is available to UK small and medium businesses to help them tackle tradeshows with confidence, and to maximise their return from them, and ensure that the UK has quality businesses representing the country at key international events.

Corporation Tax: Research and development tax relief

Can help to reduce your company’s tax bill.

Heritage lottery fund

Funding is available from the heritage lottery fund for a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Apprenticeships Norfolk

Find out more information about what employers need to take on an apprentice and whether any funding is available to support this.

Carbon Trust Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The program is open to all sectors in the UK and is technology-neutral, targeting near-commercial innovations that will have the largest cross-sectoral impact on industrial energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.