The most popular business funding offer in the North East is being extended to June 2015 to allow even more businesses to access the support.

The North East Business Support Fund, which has already helped over 1,300 businesses with over £1.4m, helps businesses access high quality external expertise to support or deliver business improvement or growth projects. 40% funding is available, to a maximum of up to £1,400, for projects such as expansion planning, web design / development, marketing/brand design, introducing quality management systems, marketing strategy development and product development. The offer is available to small and medium sized enterprises (SME's) based in the North East who are planning to grow.

The programme is now able to assist businesses with projects that can be fully completed by the end of June 2015.

John King, North East Business Support Manager at NBSL, is delighted to make the announcement "This is great news for North East businesses who are looking for support with their expansion plans. The extension to the programme means that several hundred more businesses will be able to benefit from the funding offer which has already helped over 1,300 businesses to turn their growth plans into reality."

Eligibility checklist - Who can apply?

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the North East of England who are actively trading and are forecasting to grow.

What sort of projects can be supported?

  • Business planning
  • Strategy Development, Change Management,
  • Business Expansion Planning
  • Product development / diversification
  • Developing Quality Management Systems
  • Process improvement
  • Financial restructuring
  • Marketing planning / strategy
  • Web design / development
  • Accessing new markets
  • Succession planning
  • HR Strategy planning and development
  • Design costs for marketing / branding

and many more...

The fund is managed by NBSL a North East Enterprise Agency and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13. Further information is available by clicking here and applications can be made using our online application form.


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