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iamDigital

We are increasingly living in a society that is digital-by-default; this is creating a strong need to develop digital skills and increase the digital capability of all for a digital economy. iAMDigital is a £1m fund which invests in new ventures and established organisations working to increase digital inclusion and digital skills in the UK, outside of London.

iAMDigital will be investing in organisations that have a strong track record of delivering results and are seeking to scale their approach. We are offering low interest loans or equity investments ranging from £50,000 to £250,000. These investments will be matched 50% by the applicant company; for example, an investment request of £50,000 must be matched by £50,000 additional private funding.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) supports SME Manufacturers to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing their barriers to growth.

Support tailored to your business:

  • A dedicated, experienced, Manufacturing Growth Manager to provide on-going support
  • A comprehensive business diagnostic tool, GROWTHmapper for manufacturers
  • Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Using an average 35% of the cost of implementing an improvement project
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

What MGP means for Manufacturing SMEs
If you are an SME manufacturer, the Manufacturing Growth programme provides many advantages for you, including:

  • An independent business review to identify opportunities for business improvement and growth
  • A diagnostic tool specifically designed to help benchmark your business against internal aspiration and goals
  • A detailed action plan guiding you through the process of improving your business
  • On-going business support with a trusted and experienced Manufacturing Growth Manager
  • Access to grants to co-fund your improvement project
  • Guidance to access other support mechanisms and manufacturing themed workshops available from Summer 2019

NatWest Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator

Pre-Accelerator is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. It is a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs. The course is eight weeks long but starts with an exciting, immersive,
Ignition’ event and ends with a chance to celebrate and swap experiences. We concentrate on providing early-stage businesses with the best environment, digital learning and networks.

To find out how to apply and how we could help #PowerUp you and your early stage business, contact us at  accelerator@natwest.com

Nesta

Nesta is a global innovation foundation.  Using our knowledge, networks, funding and skills, we work hard to see new opportunities and challenges; spark creative answers from many sources; shape brilliant ideas into practical solutions; and then shift whole systems in a new direction.

Prepare Your Business

Give your business the very best chance of success by reading the checklists below. We explain what should be in place throughout the journey, so you can plan ahead.

The British Business Bank checklists can help your business prepare for your equity investment journey.

Productivity Finance

An independent, whole of market, broker, offering expert advice on funding for all businesses.

With a whole of market lender panel they can arrange business funding from High Street Banks, Challenger Banks as well as niche providers and specialist products not normally available through the high street. This allows us to provide finance for all types of business from start-up, acquisition (MBO/MBI), property companies including development finance and existing SME’s.  Our lenders will only lend to UK based trading companies.

Seeking expert financial advice provided by professionals to help your business grow? Call Graham Threlfall 07841 428284. I have over 150 solutions at my fingertips to help fund your business plans. graham.threlfall@productivityfinance.co.uk for all your business requirements.

Research and Development Tax Relief

Advisers are all alike, right? Not quite. At Cooper Parry we fly in the face of convention; we look to Disrupt, Lead and Make Life Count. This is how we see the world, and it’s why we’ve been hailed ‘the rebels of accountancy’. We build relationships with our clients that break the mould. And we’re never afraid to give our opinion. Why? Because that’s how we’ll help you to flourish financially, and free up your time to get the most out of life.

Our R&D tax team, led in the Solent Region by Jonny Brewster, specialises in helping growing businesses that design / develop / improve products or processes to obtain cash repayments from HMRC, to help accelerate their growth journey, build headcount sooner and bring ideas to market quicker.

https://cooperparry.com/research-and-development-tax-credit

Research and Development Expenditure Credit

Advisers are all alike, right? Not quite. At Cooper Parry we fly in the face of convention; we look to Disrupt, Lead and Make Life Count. This is how we see the world, and it’s why we’ve been hailed ‘the rebels of accountancy’. We build relationships with our clients that break the mould. And we’re never afraid to give our opinion. Why? Because that’s how we’ll help you to flourish financially, and free up your time to get the most out of life.

Our R&D tax team, led in the Solent Region by Jonny Brewster, specialises in helping growing businesses that design / develop / improve products or processes to obtain cash repayments from HMRC, to help accelerate their growth journey, build headcount sooner and bring ideas to market quicker. Claimant companies can get up to c10% of their expenditure back as a reduction in their corporation tax bill or as a cash rebate.

Research & Development

Small Business Commissioner

The Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is an independent public body set up by Government under the Enterprise Act 2016 to tackle late payment and unfavourable payment practices in the private sector. The SBC covers the whole of the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The late payment culture that exists between businesses in the UK means that:

  • a third of payments to small businesses are late
  • the average value of each payment is £6,142
  • 20% of small businesses have run in to cash flow problems due to late payments
  • if small businesses were paid on time, this could boost the economy by an estimated £2.5 billion annually

Launched in December 2017 the Small Business Commissioner, leads an independent office aimed at empowering small businesses in resolving disputes around late and unfair payment issues and provides advice, including on how to take action if a payment is overdue.

The Commissioner urges small businesses affected by late or unfair payment practices to use the SBC’s complaint investigation service and promises to take action to tackle the worst examples of supply chain bullying.

Social Enterprise Investment Fund II

The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP (SEIF II) is the successor to SEIF I, our first social impact investment fund launched in 2010, and now fully committed having invested over £8 million into 21 social enterprises.

SEIF II supports ambitious social enterprises and charities with sustainable business models looking to grow and extend their social impact.  The Fund offers repayable finance of between £250,000 and £3 million for growth, working capital and capital expenditure purposes.