Funding for your business

Public and commercial funders can provide investment options at different levels for businesses in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.


LCR4 START is a new initiative supporting Liverpool City Region SME business leaders and companies to gain a competitive edge through the development of practical strategies for effective digital adoption.

Who's it for?
  • Liverpool City Region SMEs

Liverpool City Region Business Growth Package

A £75 million Business Support Package

Who's it for?
  • LCR SMEs looking to grow
  • Tech-led and tech-enabled SMEs
  • Young people looking to upskill


Business scale-up programme for digital, creative, tech and tech-enabled businesses in the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • Digital, creative, tech and tech-enabled businesses in the Liverpool City Region

New Markets 2

Supporting business growth in the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • Liverpool City Region SMEs looking to grow

Manufacturing Growth Fund

Supporting SME manufacturing in the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • SME manufacturers across the North West
  • SMEs that can part-fund growth projects

Made Smarter

Helping manufacturers use digital technology to boost competitiveness, efficiency and bottom line

Who's it for?
  • Manufacturers across the North West
  • Businesses open to embracing new tech for growth


Funding to start up, scale up or stay ahead in the North of England

Who's it for?
  • North West entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs
  • Businesses with growth plans that need funding

Customs Grant Schemes – IT improvements

Available to existing and new customs intermediaries who are SMEs, micro businesses or individuals to cover 100% of eligible IT costs.

Who's it for?
  • Existing and new customs intermediaries

Customs Grant Schemes – Training

Available to customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers, who meet the eligibility criteria, to cover 100% of eligible training costs

Who's it for?
  • Customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers

Customs Grant Schemes – Recruitment

Funding to support recruitment of Customs Brokers

Who's it for?
  • Customs intermediaries

Enhancing SMEs international trade performance

Tailored support for improving the international trade activity of North West businesses

Who's it for?
  • SMEs across the North West
  • SMEs looking to develop international trading

Tradeshow Access Programme

Grant funding towards the costs of exhibiting at overseas trade shows

Who's it for?
  • Businesses exporting or thinking about exporting

UK Export Finance

Finance and insurance for UK exporters

Who's it for?
  • Exporters and businesses with export potential

Clean Growth UK

Helping businesses develop, fund, test and commercialise clean and green innovation

Who's it for?
  • Businesses developing clean and green innovations

Innovate UK Innovation Competitions

Search for funding competition opportunities

Who's it for?
  • UK-based businesses or research organisations

Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

Energy saving support at no cost to your business

Who's it for?
  • SMEs looking to reduce energy usage
  • SMEs in various sectors including manufacturing, retail, and hospitality

Corporation Tax: Research and Development (R&D) Relief

Claim Corporation Tax relief on R&D projects

Who's it for?
  • Businesses working on innovative projects in science and technology
  • Businesses seeking to research or develop an advance in their field

Carbon Trust

Changing how energy is produced, distributed and consumed

Who's it for?
  • Businesses looking to develop low carbon strategies and policies
  • Businesses looking to become more resource efficient

Start Up Loans

Start or grow your own business

Who's it for?
  • Individuals looking to start or grow a business
  • New and early stage businesses

Rural Growth Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme.

Grants for rural business development

Who's it for?
  • Rural / Urban / Food processing businesses
  • Business based in Liverpool City Region

New Enterprise Allowance

Money and support for starting a business on certain benefits

Who's it for?
  • Individuals looking to start their own business if receiving certain benefits

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

Helping companies raise money as they start to trade

Who's it for?
  • Businesses starting to trade

Enterprise Finance Guarantee

A government-backed loan guarantee scheme

Who's it for?
  • Businesses with a turnover of less than £41 million, looking for finance in the range of £1,000 to £1 million

Virgin StartUp

Support and advice to start your own business

Who's it for?
  • Startup businesses across the UK

The Insolvency Service

Supporting businesses in financial distress

Who's it for?
  • Businesses in financial distress

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

Investment to help small business entrepreneurs

Who's it for?
  • Small business entrepreneurs
  • Businesses operating for at least 3 years

The Business Finance Guide

Finance considerations and options available to businesses

Who's it for?
  • Business start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies

Ready to grow?

If you think your business would benefit from support or funding, get in touch and we’ll help you work things out.