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.

Digital Skills for the Workplace

“Digital Skills for the Workplace” is a free, flexible course of up to 12 weeks in duration, which is part of the government’s Digital Bootcamps programme.

Who's it for?
  • The training is open to adults aged 19 and over, either in work, looking for work or returning to the workforce.

Future Innovation Fund

£3m Future Innovation Fund pilot programme has been established by the Metro Mayor to support Liverpool City Region’s (LCR) small and medium sized enterprise (SME) community.

Who's it for?
  • Any SME based, or with significant operations, in the Liverpool City Region, who can demonstrate a viable project plan, capability to deliver, value for money and a clear need for grant funding.

Flexible Growth Fund

Who's it for?
  • The fund is open to any business in the City Region which is undertaking an expansion project which creates or secures jobs.


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


The online course you need to stablise, adapt and sustain during Covid-19.

Who's it for?
  • SMEs working in the Liverpool City Region.
  • Leading a business with 5+ staff and an ambitious leadership team.
  • Working in one of the following sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Growth, Health & Life Sciences, Professional and Business Services, Supply Chain and Logistic


A new online course to help you take your business to the next level

Who's it for?
  • Digital, Creative and Tech companies within the Liverpool City Region
  • Lead a business with 5+ staff with an ambitious leadership team

Creative Enterprise Business Planning Support

Creative Enterprise supports companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth.

Who's it for?
  • Registered sole traders and SMEs working in ‘moving image’ for storytelling.

Business Resilience Support for SMEs

BDO LLP will deliver a fully-funded bespoke programme of engagement, advice and support for SMEs across Liverpool City Region, focusing primarily on COVID-19 related issues and how businesses will emerge successfully.

Who's it for?
  • Liverpool City Region SMEs

Be the business Advisory Board Programme

This is a 12 month course, during which you can access invaluable non-executive director style support from a group of experienced business people made up of family business leaders and senior managers from larger businesses with specialisms such as finance, marketing, operations or HR

Who's it for?
  • Leaders of businesses in the North West with between
  • 10 and 250 employees who are majority owned by family members.

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

SME Leaders Programme

Six-month programme at the Royal Academy of Engineering supports individuals in executive roles in high-growth UK engineering and technology SMEs to develop your leadership skills.

Who's it for?
  • Decision-makers (both engineers and non-engineers)
  • Engineering and technology SMEs with an ambitious vision to grow

Growth Catalyst

A 7 month leadership development programme

Who's it for?
  • Growth Catalyst is a 7 month "LEADERSHIP" development programme for owners and senior managers of local SMEs, keen to growth their business in the company of likeminded individuals.
  • The programme includes coaching/mentoring/masterclasses/Online workshops/Action Learning and a Business Exchange.

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


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

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


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


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

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

Apprenticeship Brokerage Service

Supporting business growth in the Liverpool City Region

Who's it for?
  • Businesses considering offering apprenticeships

Skills Brokerage Service

Providing advice and guidance to employers that can help them develop their workforce.

Who's it for?
  • Employers across Liverpool City Region

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

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.