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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Drive will offer businesses 12 hours of business mentoring to create project and business plans, after which the applicant will be able to apply for a capital grant of between £5,000 and £30,000, towards up to 40% of project costs.

Go Digital funding programme

Go Digital is for micro, small and medium sized businesses based in Norfolk who want to make better use of digital tools to help them grow.

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.

Growing Business Fund

The Growing Business Fund is run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership which provides grants up to £500,000 for local businesses wanting to grow and create new jobs.

Small Grant Scheme

Run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the Small Grant Scheme offers grants from £1,000 to £25,000 to help grow your business. These normally cover up to 20% of your total project costs, but can cover up to 30% in some areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Innovative Projects Fund

Run by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, The Innovative Projects Fund is a revenue grant programme that provides funding towards innovative projects to support the delivery of the themes and activities identified in the Economic and Industrial Strategies.

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.

ICET project

The European Social Fund and University of Suffolk are financing the ICET project, a £1m project to support SMEs to access high quality, immersive digital and professional leadership training. A key element of the ICET project is to promote the progression of women in business and digital arenas.

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.

BEE Anglia

To support business related energy efficiency initiatives, provided by Business Energy Efficiency Anglia (BEE Anglia). Also offering expert advice and online training.  

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.

Growing Places Fund 

Helps kick-start and support development projects across Suffolk and Norfolk. From innovation centres that will help launch new startups, to transforming empty land into new homes and commercial premises, the fund provides infrastructure loan funding to projects that might otherwise have stalled or not started at all.

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.

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.