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Business Support Helpline

The Business Support Helpline is a national service for all businesses or aspiring business owners in England. Their impartial expert advisers can answer any business questions to support you and your business, whether you're starting up or already a small business based in England.

Need support during the COVID-19 crisis? The Business Support Helpline is there to help guide you through. Give them a call today on 0800 998 1098.

The Growth Fund

The Growth Fund is a £4.5m programme of investment, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The scheme can provide grant funding to eligible, small and medium sized businesses planning a capital investment project of at least £67,000 in Gateshead, South Tyneside or Sunderland.

Tees Valley Business

Tees Valley Business is the one-stop shop for business support, advice, and guidance to help Tees Valley businesses grow. This applies to businesses based in the local authority areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, and Redcar & Cleveland. There are a range of support options available which include signposting and access to small revenue/capital grants and larger capital grants. 

UMi Debt Finance Scotland

UMi Debt Finance Scotland provides loan capital to new and existing, small and medium sized businesses across Scotland.

North of Tyne Growth Fund

North of Tyne Growth Fund is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support capital expenditure for small and medium sized businesses planning a capital investment of at least £67,000 in Newcastle, North Tyneside or Northumberland.

County Durham Growth Fund

County Durham Growth Fund is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support capital expenditure for small and medium sized businesses within County Durham planning a capital investment of at least £100,000

Digital Knowledge Exchange 2:0

The Digital Knowledge Exchange offers support to small & medium sized businesses based in the Leeds City Region that are looking to do more with digital technology. The programme offers access to knowledge, expertise and advice on digital and technology solutions, delivered via a range of workshops, digital audits, mentoring and technology focused conferences.

Digital Drive County Durham

Digital Drive County Durham aims to help businesses across County Durham do more with digital technology. They offer a range of masterclasses, digital health checks, one-to-one support and grant funding. The programme is delivered on behalf of Business Durham and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Digital Enterprise Top 100

The Digital Enterprise Top 100 campaign will profile and celebrate businesses that have achieved growth and success through upgrading digital technology and skills, and firms are invited to nominate themselves or other companies.

Zero Waste Scotland

UMi is a Grant Management Partner for Zero Waste Scotland, supporting them in delivering grant programmes to Scottish businesses that help support Scotland’s resource efficiency and circular economy.

Eaga Trust

UMi delivers business support advice and assistance to members of Eaga Trust as a members’ benefit. The support includes business planning, support in finding premises, expansion plans and back office process and services.

Social Entrepreneur Index

The UK Social Entrepreneur Index is a celebration of entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes, with the aim of providing recognition whilst also acting as a benchmark for good practice to inspire the next generation.

Innovation 100 Greater Manchester

100 of Greater Manchester’s most innovative firms have been recognised with the publication of the first Innovation100 report in partnership with the Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company.  This new initiative is designed to shine the spotlight on some of Greater Manchester’s most forward-thinking small and medium sized businesses.

Go Further Index

Now more than ever is a time to engage, showcase and celebrate progressive businesses who are pushing through and achieving their aspirations through access to investment, impactful collaborations, and the foresight to inform and respond to the changing world around them.  UMi, CPI & GCV share a commitment to helping open-minded businesses go further and in turn, make a  tangible contribution to the national and global economy. 

META Games Index

The UK games sector is winning! It is attracting significant inward and local investment whilst acting as a career pathway for our young people. Much of its success is down to the small and medium businesses that are shaping its future each and every day as they are creating, innovating, revolutionising and exploring its vast applications. These businesses often go unnoticed and the META Games Index aims to engage and showcase those who are contributing to the success of the sector. 

Stansted Meet the Buyers

London Stansted Airport Meet the Buyers event provides you with a unique and cost-effective method of presenting your products and services directly to major 1st tier contractors who form part of the airport's supply chains and beyond. 

With over 35 buyers participating on average, attendees can have pre-booked appointments with up to 10 buyers, all in a single day. All attending buyers have requirements for specific products and services and are seeking new suppliers. 

​​Over the past 8 years, more than £20m worth of contracts have been placed as a result of London Stansted Meet the Buyers. 

Royal Docks Meet the Buyers

The Royal Docks Meet the Buyers offers an opportunity to connect and trade with regional and national buyers and is fully funded by London City Airport for local SMEs located in Newham, Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, HaveringLewisham, Greenwich, Southwark, Lambeth, Bexley, Bromley and Croydon. 

Through precise matching services, we ensure that you can fully tailor your approach and pitch to procurement representatives who have specified what they are looking for and the size of the contracts in advance. 

Peer Networks

There's never been a more important time to invest in the future of your business by working with people who know business best. Other business leaders. Join forces to find your strength in 2021 with Peer Networks. 

Our professional facilitators will support you and your small cohort of fellow business leaders as you work together on important challenges, and the topics to be discussed, and come up with tangible solutions in a collaborative, non-competitive environment. 

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