Support programmes

Support for your business

Our partner-delivered programmes provide support focused on different areas of growth for businesses in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

Mentoring for Growth programme

Mentoring programme to SME businesses in the Liverpool City Region aimed at bridging the productivity gap which has been identified between the SME and corporate market. 

Who's it for?
  • You’re a senior decision-maker with influence over the direction of your business
  • You’ve got more than 10+ full time employees and over £2m turnover
  • You’re open to getting advice and support to help your business succeed
  • You’re facing one or more tough growth challenges

Liverpool City Region Business Support Package

Our new £75 million Business Support Package is the largest provision of support for local businesses in more than 20 years.

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

Growth Catalyst

The formula for leadership success

Who's it for?
  • Business Owners/Managers keen to grow their business

Enterprise Hub

Supporting Liverpool City Region businesses from pre-start to year three

Who's it for?
  • Startup businesses in the Liverpool City Region
  • People thinking about starting a business

Business Growth Programme

Helping businesses to grow across the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • LCR businesses employing fewer than 250 people
  • SMEs that are looking to grow

New Markets 2

Supporting business growth in the Liverpool City Region

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

LCR Activate

Support and funding for digital and creative businesses

Who's it for?
  • Digital and creative SMEs businesses in the LCR
  • Businesses open to embracing new tech for growth

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

Liverpool City Region Health Matters

Supporting health and care business growth in the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • Innovative businesses across the Liverpool City Region

NPIF

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

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

Innovate2Succeed

Supporting Innovation across the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • LCR SMEs targeting growth through innovation
  • SMEs wishing to unlock their innovation 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

Low Carbon Eco-lnnovatory

Supporting collaborative partnerships in the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • SMEs creating green goods, processes and services
  • SMEs identifying opps for low carbon development

Sensor City

Supporting the sensor industry across the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • Liverpool City Region SMEs and academics
  • Those seeking to commercialise sensor tech

ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom

Support and funding to commercialise space technology

Who's it for?
  • UK firms with a demonstrable space connection
  • Businesses seeking to commercialise space tech

STFC CERN Business Incubation Centre

Support and funding to commercialise high energy technologies

Who's it for?
  • UK firms with a high energy connection
  • Businesses commercialising high energy tech

Mersey Rural Leader Fund

Funding for Businesses in Rural Areas

Who's it for?
  • Farmers, growers, foresters and other rural orgs.
  • Mersey Rural LAG orgs. seeking rural development

Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme – Round 2

Funding for Farmers

Who's it for?
  • Farmers looking to purchase equipment to improve the productivity of their farm

Apprenticeship Brokerage Service

Supporting business growth in the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • Businesses considering offering apprenticeships

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

Exporters can attend TAP's selected events and get financial support to offset some costs

Who's it for?
  • UK SMEs, education institutions or research orgs.
  • Those new to or looking to begin exporting

Virgin StartUp

Support and advice to start your own business

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

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