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Growing your business with grant funding

Growing your business with grant funding

If you are looking to grow your business in the next six months, the Digital Growth Programme’s Technology Grant could help.

Technology Grants from £2,000 to £42,000 are available, subject to conditions. The grants support firms with the introduction of new systems and software to improve business performance and productivity.  

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), the programme aims to support SMEs across Leicester and Leicestershire to embrace digital technology.

Dedicated Digital Business Advisers provide one-to-one support and will work closely with you to develop a plan to help your business move forward. The advisers will also provide support with the grant application process.

Leicestershire-based manufacturer, Adey Steel Group, received a grant of almost £18,000 to purchase a management information system. The software has enabled the firm to make their operations process more efficient from start to finish.

Operations Director, Robert Hall, said:

“The grant has allowed us to invest in new software that would bring improvements in efficiencies and accuracy.  The benefits have been huge – it has allowed us to streamline our processes and our employees have seen the company investing in new technology.  Not only did we receive a grant, we have benefitted from the invaluable support and guidance from the Digital Growth Programme team."


Another Leicester business, Bluefrog Design, were able to provide a new 3D printing and digital vinyl cutting service following a technology grant of almost £8,000.

Director, Chris Samwell, said:

“The grant has allowed us to buy new state-of- the-art digital vinyl cutting equipment,  We can now produce ‘on product graphics’ in-house rather than sub-contracting - meaning we can offer new 3D printing and vinyl cutting services to our clients which we were not able to do before.”

Technology grants can be used for a number of technological solutions to support productivity and growth, whether this be hardware to enable you to offer a new service or software solutions to make processes more efficient - the possibilities are endless.

If grant funding is something you would like to explore to help the growth of your business - contact us today. Visit to find out how to apply or call Nancy Mayeka on 0777 659 7974.

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