About the fund

The Manufacturing Growth Fund supports small and medium sized manufacturers across the North West, covering Cheshire & Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region.

We provide impartial advice to help you assess your opportunities and barriers to growth, and we offer a grant towards the cost of bringing in specialist expertise for eligible projects. The objectives of the fund are to drive job creation, the introduction and launch of new products and to improve productivity.

How it works

Our advisors know the manufacturing and engineering sector; they’ll work with you to understand your growth ambitions, walk your site and get to grips with any challenges you face. They’ll help to scope out a project where input from a specialist consultant could unlock your growth ambitions, and they’ll help you find the right provider to work with.

For eligible projects, we’ll provide a grant for 30% of the costs. We’re looking to support relatively significant projects with a value of around £10k which would attract a grant of £3k. Eligible projects include those that lead to job creation, help to develop new products or services and bring them to market, plus drive up productivity.

Your growth
project cost
total = 100%

e.g. 100% = £10k

You need to
fund part of the
project = 70%

e.g. 70% = £7k

You receive
funding for your
project = 30%

e.g. 30% = £3k

How to apply & who to contact

To apply for funding, you’ll need to speak to one of our specialist advisors. First they’ll check you’re eligible to receive support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), then they’ll visit you on-site to understand more about your growth ambitions and the steps you want to take to deliver those ambitions.

They’ll act as an impartial set of eyes in your business, helping to identify and define a consultancy project that will unlock your potential and could be suitable for grant support. They’ll also help you search the marketplace, securing three quotes and selecting the most suitable expert for your business.

From there, you’ll complete a grant application form, setting out the scope, timeline, cost and intended results of your project. Successful applications will be those that help to create jobs, introduce new products or services to your customers, reach new markets or drive up productivity.

To get started, give us a call:

Cheshire & Warrington Manufacturing Growth Fund

Contact

Phil Anders, Manufacturing Growth Advisor

Email

phil.anders@businessgrowthhub.com

Telephone

07718 113509

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Cumbria Manufacturing Service

Contact

Anne Campion, Manufacturing Growth Manager

Email

anne.campion@businessgrowthhub.com

Telephone

07802 869241

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Greater Manchester Manufacturing Growth Fund

Contact

Anne Campion, Manufacturing Growth Manager

Email

anne.campion@businessgrowthhub.com

Telephone

07802 869241

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Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund

Contact

Alan Reid, Manufacturing Advisor

Email

alan.reid@businessgrowthhub.com

Telephone

07734 776 559

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Liverpool
City Region Manufacturing Growth Fund

Contact

Phil Anders, Manufacturing Growth Advisor

Email

phil.anders@businessgrowthhub.com

Telephone

07718 113509

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