Grants and support for your business
NFRN Public Affairs has put together an extensive list of grants and funding options for small businesses across the UK.
Grants and schemes for small and medium sized businesses provide a wealth of funding and advice from Central Government and Local Authorities to help businesses invest and grow.
A separate list will be available shortly for members in the Republic of Ireland.
The employment allowance will reduce your employer’s (secondary) Class 1 National Insurance each time you run your payroll until £3,000 has gone or the tax year ends (whichever is sooner).
You can claim a £2,000 Employment Allowance for a previous tax year, dating back to 2014 to 2015 if you’re a business or charity.
You cannot claim if:
- You’re the director and the only paid employee
- You employ someone for personal, household or domestic work
- You’re a service company working under IR35 rules and your only income is the earnings of the intermediary
You can calculate the employment allowance for your business here
To claim through your payroll software, put ‘Yes’ in the ‘Employment Allowance indicator’ field next time you send an Employment Payment Summary (EPS) to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
If you use HMRC’s Basic PAYE tools:
- Select the correct name in the ‘Employer’ menu on the home page
- Select ‘change employer details’
- Select ‘Yes in the ‘Employment Allowance indicator’ field
- Send your EPS as normal
England - London
Shop Improvement Scheme – Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington and Chelsea Council provides grants for shop fronts improvements where they are likely to have a significant impact in improving the overall appearance and performance of the retail area. Grants provide up to 95% of works, maximum of £10,000.
If you are interested in applying for the scheme, please email: email@example.com
Shop Front Improvement Grants Scheme – Henley
Grants will be awarded to a maximum of £2,000 which must be match-funded by the applicant.
Scheme aims to improve shop fronts and building facades in the centre of Henley-on-Thames as a means of supporting the growth of local businesses.
If you would like to know more, please contact Helen Barnett on firstname.lastname@example.org
England - South
Business Solutions for the South West of England
A range of business growth programmes to help businesses, start, succeed and grow.
Your business must be based in a local authority in the South West of England.Find out more
Central Bedfordshire Shop Improvement Scheme
Grants of up to £20,000 and in exceptional cases up to £50,000.
Businesses will be eligible to apply for a capital improvement grant if they meet certain criteria, such as the business being an ‘independent’ and not part of a multiple chain of stores.
Only those areas with participating town councils will be eligible for the scheme. These include Ampthill, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Flitwick, Leighton Linslade, Potton, Sandy, Shefford and Stotfold.
Grants are to be used for:
- External redecoration to the front of the business
- Improve a privately owned forecourt or threshold facing the high street
- Improve or replace the existing fascia or signage
- Replace windows or window frames and doors
- Provide new awnings
- Create a new brand identify of signage purposes
- Provide other capital shop front improvement
- Highlight ornate building features such as cornicing and other architectural features
The scheme will fund up to 60% of required works.
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions about the scheme.
Apply by contacting your town council to discuss your proposals and check your location is within the town centre boundary.Find out more
Business Support – West Berkshire
West Berkshire Council provides advice and support for issues such as business rates, planning matters and trading standards for businesses in or are looking to relocate to West Berkshire.Find out more
Aldershot Shop Front Improvement Scheme
Provides grants for shops in designated areas of Aldershot.
The Aldershot Shop Front Improvement Scheme is provided by Rushmoor Borough Council.
You can contact the Council’s Conservation Officer to find out if your shop is in a designated / local heritage asset or in a conservation area to obtain advice on appropriate alternations, please contact: Plan@rushmoor.gov.uk or call 01252 398788.
Civic Improvement Fund – Elmbridge
You can get a one-off grant for up to 90% of the cost of business projects that benefit the local economy or attract the public to local services and amenities.
Grant to fund projects that help the Embridge economy, including improving empty shops.
Types of projects include; initiatives to improve the use and appearance of empty shops, improving shop fronts, promotions and marketing initiatives and promotions for community projects.Find out more
Shop front improvement scheme – Thurrock
Thurrock County Council provides grants of up to £3,000 for shop improvements in priority areas in the County.
Priority Areas: Avely, Grays Town Centre, Sockletts Health and South Ockendon.
If you have a business based in one of the above high streets and would like to apply for a grant to improve your shop frontage, please contact the Regeneration Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
England - Midlands
Government-funded Loans for Deprived Areas in East Midlands
Organised by Enterprise Loans East Midlands Limited, businesses in the East Midlands could be entitled to a loan of between £3,000 and £50,000.
Loans available to new and existing businesses across the East Midlands. Government funded loans for businesses looking to grow in the most deprived areas of the East Midlands.Find out more
Business Loan Scheme – Coventry and Warwickshire
Businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire could be entitled to a loan of between £1,000 and £75,000.
Loans available to sole traders and limited companies in Coventry and Warwickshire that cannot get finance from mainstream lenders.
Typical loan terms of 6 months to 5 years with fixed interest rates between 9.25% and 18.25%.Find out more
Business Growth Scheme – Mansfield
Local proximity businesses may be eligible for a grants of between £1,000 and £5,000.
To qualify for a grant, your business will need to spend a minimum of £10,000 and be based in the Mansfield district area.
What you can get: Grant can be used to pay for land and building refurbishment, buying machinery or equipment, or training staffFind out more
The Traditional Shop Front Grant Scheme – North Lincolnshire
The Traditional Shop Front Grant Scheme is provided by North Lincolnshire Council and offers 50% towards the cost of installing traditional-style shop fronts up to a maximum of £7,500, if the work is completed within a year of the grant offer.
For more details about the scheme, businesses can contact Eddie Rychlak, Conservation Officer at Lincolnshire Council on 01724 297634 or by emailing email@example.com
Shepshed Shop Front Improvement Scheme
Businesses in Shepshed may apply for a grant towards the external renovation of ground floor or upper floor shops. The Grant will cover 50% of the eligible costs up to a maximum of £3,000.
Applications will be considered by a Grants Panel. For more information, advice or assistance please contact: Growth.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gedling Shop Front Regeneration Scheme
The Shop Front Grant Scheme is a discretionary grant scheme available to Gedling businesses that are looking to give the frontage of their premises a makeover. The grant will only go towards external improvements.
Gelding Council contributes 50% to the works up to a maximum of £2,000.
For more information and to apply, contact email@example.com
England - North
Business Growth Programme – Leeds City region
Local proximity businesses may be eligible for capital grants of between £10,000 and £1,000,000. Areas include: Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirkless, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.
Businesses based in or moving to the Leeds City Region are eligible for capital grants of between £10,000 and £1,000,000.
- Have a capital investment and/or research and development project that will create jobs
- Have been established for at least 12 months
- Operate from a commercial premises
Macclesfield Town Centre Shop Front Grant Scheme
Grants up to £50,000 for shop front regeneration.
Grant provided by Cheshire East Council for Macclesfield Town Centre shops looking to have regeneration of improvements to the front of their shop.Find out more
Business Growth Hub and Rural Growth Network – Cumbria
You can get free advice, training and networking tailored to your needs, including review issues and opportunities and developing your action plan, increasing productivity, sales and profitability with additional funding to help you implement your action plan.Find out more
Business Grant Fund – St Helens
Businesses in St Helens could be entitled to a loan of between £1,000 and £10,000.
Grants for established and start-up businesses based in Merseyside to grow, expand and create jobs. Organised by the St Helens Chamber of Commerce.
Grant to be used for: premises expansion or improvement, buying equipment, machinery or IT systems, development website or marketing materials and signage.Find out more
Shop front improvement scheme – South Lakeland
Grants between £150 and £1,500, if your business is based in the LA9 postcode. You can’t apply if the work has already been started.
Grants to help businesses improve their shop fronts within the Kendal Conservation and main shopping areas in South Lakeland.
Find out more
Business innovation vouchers – Wales
Grants up to £20,000 over a 12 month period.
Innovation vouchers for designing, manufacturing and selling new products and services, and for information.
Businesses must be at least 12 months old and have a trading address in Wales. The innovation voucher funding can help your business get technical consultancy expertise, product development, and get access to services for intellectual property registration.Find out more
Subsidised work placements – Wales
Subsidised student and graduate placements for businesses in Wales of up to £950.
You can recruit a student or graduate for a 10 week work placement, which can help your business to expand, develop and improve efficiency, whilst saving money.Find out more
Jobs growth for young people in Wales
Grant offers 50% wage contribution when you create a 6-month job opportunity for a young person in Wales.
The programme, funded by the Welsh Government, is aimed at businesses who have had difficulty finding employment. You must be able to hire young people at least 25 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours her week and the position must last for 6 months or more.Find out more
Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme – Cardiff City Region and Swansea City Region
Business grants from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of between £250 and £3,000.Find out more
Building Enhancement Programme – Swansea City Centre
Grants to help Swansea City centre businesses improve their shop fronts or building facades. You’ll be eligible if you’re based in Swansea and would like to improve building facades, shop fronts and signage – you’ll have to be able to contribute to the project as the grant will only cover up to 45%.
You can’t apply if you want to renovate areas that aren’t public, make major structural repairs or get funding for normal maintenance.Find out more
Business Development Grant – Caerphilly County Borough
Full-time and established businesses in Caerphilly County Borough can apply for start-up and development grants, up to £2,000.
The owner or director of the businesses must work there full time.Find out more
Pembrokeshire Lottery Loans
Loans of between £2,000 and £35,000 could be available to businesses in Pembrokeshire to help with job creation.
Your business must be participating in the Pembrokeshire Lottery Scheme and be able to prove its tried ‘conventional funding’. Successful applicants will be able to get loans between £2,000 and £35,000.Find out more
Business Loan Fund – Gwynedd
Businesses in Gwynedd could be entitled to a loan of between £1,000 and £75,000.
Fund designed for businesses with some of their operations based in Gwynedd Council area who have not been successful in getting a bank loan. Your business must have less than 249 employees. The loan can be used for the financing of working capital or capital expenditure.
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Business loans, grants and funding TOOL
Use this helpful Government business tool to help find loans, grants and funding in Scotland.
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Apprenticeships for Northern Ireland
Helps businesses in Northern Ireland employ apprentices by providing them with training opportunities.Find out more
Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland – Community grant programme
Helps businesses in Northern Ireland with social and community welfare, education and gain access to training.Find out more
Small business support – Northern Ireland
Provides financial support for new businesses in Northern Ireland.
You’ll need to prove that, now or over the next 3 years you’re expecting total sales of over £100,000 per year. You can get support costs such as marketing, consultancy, employment or working capital.Find out more
Armagh Business Centre
Tailored advice and support for businesses in the Armagh Council area who have less than 250 employees.
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