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Business Growth Programme


Effective from 1st January 2019:

The Business Growth Programme is currently closed but it is hoped that a second programme (BGP2) will launch in early 2019 and will contain some exciting changes.

The Business Growth Programme (BGP) is a £33m fund which will consist of four strands of business support; namely the Business Development Programme, the Business Innovation Programme, the Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme and the HS2 project.

BGP grants are available to eligible companies across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, via the European Regional Development Fund.

The scheme is being delivered by Birmingham City Council in partnership with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and LEPs in Greater Birmingham & Solihull and Stoke and Staffordshire.

The Marches Growth Hub offers free support and guidance for Marches businesses on the BGP and staff at the three hubs in Hereford, Shrewsbury and Telford are available to meet businesses face-to-face to support with the application process and exploring eligibility etc.

There are also specific conditions to be met by companies which have previously received funding from the programme, which are explained below.*

The package of support is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and grow existing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and there are strict eligibility rules for businesses wishing to access the grants. To be eligible your business must operate largely on a Business to Business basis? (Business to Consumer/Retail business cannot account for more than 20% of turnover).

The four BGP strands are:

HS2 Supply Chain Programme hs2scplogo

Offers grant support of £20,000 - £167,000 towards projects costs for existing supply chain companies which have, or are in the process of securing, or have the ability to secure a contract for HS2.

Capital and revenue grant funding towards:

  • capital expenditure
  • building information modelling (BIM)
  • market development

Green Bridge Supply Chain

Offers capital and revenue grant support of £20,000 to £150,000 towards project costs for supply chain companies operating in, or diversifying into, the green economy (energy efficiency, waste management, recycling and renewables)gbscp

  • capital expenditure
  • new product development
  • market development

Business Innovation Programme


Offers capital and revenue grant support of £10,000 to £30,000 towards projects costs for SMEs investing in innovative close-to-market processes, products and services.

  • capital expenditure
  • new product development
  • market development

Business Development Programme


Offers capital and revenue grant support of £10,000 to £20,000 towards project costs for businesses looking to expand, relocate and improve access to markets.

  • capital expenditure
  • relocation and expansion
  • market development

Funding is subject to availability and eligibility criteria, details of which can be found by visiting Applications must be submitted within the Funding Rounds specified on the above webpage.

If you'd like to know more, please give your local Marches Growth Hub a call on the following numbers:

Herefordshire 01432 261758

Shropshire 01743 250526

Telford & Wrekin 01902 321769

or email - a leaflet below also gives more information on the level of grant you could expect depending on the number of jobs being created.



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