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Your website can be both your shop-window and your business card. Your customers can find you and learn more about you. Your website is the best way of telling them more about your business.

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The Business Growth Programme is a Liverpool City Region business support project that aims to build both the capacity and confidence within SMEs who are reluctant to engage with existing business support providers for either lack of knowledge, understanding or simply because they are reluctant to pay for existing commercial provision.

The Project will provide participating SMEs with direct advice, guidance and information that will provide a clear route to growth and sustainability. Dedicated face to face interaction coupled with a range of complementary support, will help businesses to begin the journey to growth. Advice will not be prescriptive and will cover core business functions such as finance, business planning, creating sales & marketing, operational review, HR, etc; this will be drawn out within the diagnostic process.

Participating Liverpool City Region (LCR) Local Authorities (LAs) and Chambers of Commerce (CCs)   will work together to deliver a consistent and quantifiable business support programme for eligible LCR SMEs. The project will be delivered through the LCR Local Growth Hub which is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Partnership to help bring a more cohesive approach to business support across the city-region.

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The Carbon Trust's mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. We are independent experts on carbon reduction and resource efficiency, who reinvest surpluses from group commercial activities into our mission.

Client Services

We are an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future.


Whether you're a business, government or public sector body, we can support you to develop low carbon strategies and policies to reduce your carbon emissions and become more resource efficient. Our advice will help you cut costs and gain a competitive edge in a challenging economic climate.


We measure and certify the environmental footprint of your organisation, its supply chain and products or services, so you can identify efficiencies and maximise your low carbon credentials.


We help to develop and deploy low carbon technologies by prioritising, designing, and delivering large scale renewable energy programmes for our governmental and corporate clients and by catalysing clean tech venture growth through our incubation support. We help all sizes of organisation to put energy efficient equipment, renewable energy sources and other low carbon solutions into practice, with complementary financing solutions.

Our Investments

We have created and invested in a range of innovative low carbon companies. We are also working with Corporate and Government clients to identify, evaluate and incubate early stage companies.

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COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of €2.3bn. COSME will support SMEs in better access to finance; access to markets; supporting entrepreneurs; and more favourable conditions for business creation and growth.

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Your business can get a connection voucher of up to £3,000 for faster, better broadband through the Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.

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COST is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe.

It is a unique means for them to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields in science and technology, including social sciences and humanities, through pan-European networking of nationally funded research activities. Based on a European intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology, COST has been contributing - since its creation in 1971 - to closing the gap between science, policy makers and society throughout Europe and beyond. As a precursor of advanced multidisciplinary research, COST plays a very important role in building a European Research Area (ERA).

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We are responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us.

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The Do More Online campaign is here to help microbusinesses and sole traders find customers, spread word of mouth, be more efficient, and sell their goods and services online.


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EUREKA is a publicly-funded, intergovernmental network, involving over 40 countries. EUREKA’s aim is to enhance European competitiveness by fostering innovation-driven entrepreneurship in Europe, between small and large industry, research institutes and universities. By doing this, EUREKA concentrates the existing potential of experts, of knowledge, research facilities and financial resources in a more efficient way. EUREKA is constantly proving its value through a wealth of success stories – innovative products, processes and services that have been launched onto the market over the last 30 years, creating additional turnover and jobs for European companies, small and large – and by supporting the internationalization of businesses with innovative ideas.

EUREKA is a leading open platform for international cooperation in innovation. It is present in over 40 countries and remains to this day the only initiative of its kind committed to the ‘bottom-up’principle - ensuring that any R&D project with a good business plan receives the support it deserves, independent of its technological nature, or the type of organisations involved.

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Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs). With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet the specific needs of SMEs. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.

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Which exports are controlled and therefore require a licence, how to apply and what compliance responsibilities you'll have.

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The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme supports the cost of installing full fibre broadband connections direct to businesses for the fastest and most reliable gigabit-capable broadband speeds available.

Through the scheme SMEs can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of full fibre connection, either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can also benefit from the scheme as part of a group project and can claim for a voucher of £500.

How to apply: 

The scheme is only accessible through broadband service providers who have registered to be part of the scheme, so businesses/community groups interested in benefitting from a voucher should:

  1. Check whether they are eligible for a voucher here.
  2. Then check whether there are registered suppliers in the area using the postcode search here. (Businesses/community groups can also talk to existing suppliers to see if they are participating in the scheme.)

Vouchers are issued to the supplier only to offset the cost of installation to your premises.

For full details about eligibility, to find a full fibre broadband supplier or read some case studies, go to:

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If you run a business or are an academic brimming with innovative ideas you can now take advantage of the largest ever EU Research and Innovation funding programme with an available budget of €79bn.
With the emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, Horizon 2020's goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simpler structure than previous programmes - reducing red tape and time so that participants can focus on what is really important. This approach helps new projects to get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster. Thanks to its healthy budget Horizon 2020 offers UK businesses and researchers important opportunities to find finance, networks and partnerships for innovation.

Is Horizon 2020 for you?

You can get an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5,000 to pay for an external expert to help your business grow.

You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use design within your business. You can ask them to help you make the most of intellectual property (IP). You can also use Innovation Vouchers to buy time and support on specialist equipment or facilities.

Innovate UK can help you find and choose an expert from one of the following:

  • universities and further education colleges
  • research and technology institutes
  • technical consultancies and Catapult centres
  • design advisers
  • intellectual property advisers
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The official government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

What intellectual property is

Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying:

  • the names of your products or brands
  • your inventions
  • the design or look of your products
  • things you write, make or produce

Copyright, patents, designs and trade marks are all types of intellectual property protection. You get some types of protection automatically, others you have to apply for.


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Non academic sector, including SME, may not necessarily have the facilities, financial resources or human capital to run their research projects as they would like to. However, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions enable them to for example:

  • collaborate with research organisations
  • have access to equipment only found in academic institutions
  • associate some of the highly skilled researchers found in academia with the research projects of the firm.

Applying cutting-edge science and technology from creative academic groups is a key element of successful innovation. We know that well-trained, entrepreneurially-minded researchers who can move between academic and other settings are essential to this successful collaboration. Therefore the MSCA are promoting business-academia collaborations that give researchers adequate skills and opportunities to contribute to company growth. Through the MSCA, firms can recruit or simply host researchers during their fellowships (with or without PhD), as well as participating in staff exchange programmes that enable the people-to-people transfer of advanced knowledge.

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A community of experts from government, private sector specialists and experienced exporters are online and ready to answer any question on selling overseas. Companies can get free online information and advice from the community on anything to do with international growth, and connect with the full spectrum of organisations providing support for exporters.

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Information for UK businesses on how to identify and guard against security and political risks when trading overseas.  This covers political and economic risks, human rights issues, bribery, terrorism, criminal activity, and intellectual property.

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Apply to rent government office space as a start-up, small or medium-sized business, charity or social enterprise.

You can rent different types of workspaces (including offices, workshops, retail and lab space) with workstations, wifi and meeting rooms throughout the country.

You can book workspaces and meeting rooms online after you have registered for the service.


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UK Trade and Investment's (UKTI) e-Exporting Programme can help UK retailers and brands sell products overseas through online channels.

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The Business Exchange is about delivering game-changing opportunities to small businesses by posting pledges of meaningful commercial support from big business. These pledges could be offers of investment, or the sharing of intellectual capital and physical assets.

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are recognised as the ultimate UK business awards.  Entry requirements are any business employing 2 full time (or equivalent) UK employees.

These free to enter Awards recognise outstanding business performance in:

  • International Trade: growth in exports over 3 or 6 years – starting from £100k
  • Innovation: invention or design of a product or service; 2 years minimum trading
  • Sustainable Development: ‘ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come’. 2 years minimum trading
  • Enterprise Promotion: an award for individuals who promote enterprise skills in others.
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Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on self-employment.


You can get business emails from HMRC to help you start your business.


Find out about online courses to help you with tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.

Webinars and videos

Live webinars last for an hour and you can ask questions throughout the presentation and get answers from your HMRC host. They’re aimed at sole traders and business partnerships. They’re not suitable for directors of limited companies.

Register and log in at least 5 minutes before a live webinar is due to start.

You don’t need to register to watch the YouTube videos.

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