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Umbrella Brands Group launches £50k Growth Investment Fund for East Mids’ digital startups

Startups and pre-launch businesses can now apply for a share of £50,000 to fund future growth

Lincoln - October 23rd 2019: Lincoln-based Umbrella Brands Group (UBG) is inviting startups and entrepreneurs across the East Midlands to apply for their share of its new Growth Investment Fund, with £50,000 up for grabs.

The fund, which is open to entrepreneurs and startups working in the digital or ecommerce industries, has been launched by the founder of the group Steve Bryant following his own experience of building multi-million pound businesses across the region.

Successful applicants will be in with a chance of securing their share of £50,000 in funding to support future growth.

Steve Bryant, Founder & Chief Executive of UBG, said:

“The Growth Investment Fund is designed to help local entrepreneurs and digital innovators take their business ideas to the next level or jump on to new opportunities quickly - whether that’s financing larger capital expenditures, extra marketing or new investments to help them scale-up quickly. 

“I wish I’d had access to this kind of support when I was just starting out. When you’re launching a business it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to finding and securing the right kind of funding when you need it. That’s precisely why we’re launching this fund.

“We take every application on its merit - there’s no limit to what innovative, ‘digitally-minded’ businesses can use this fund to do or build. We can’t wait to help as many startups as we can to grow and thrive.”

Aside from just financial support, successful applicants also benefit from mentorship and support from UBG’s Chief Executive to help steer their business in the right direction, calling on his experience of building strong and profitable startups. 

The Growth Investment Fund will give freelancers or startups with five staff or less access to finance, leadership support and expert help in business planning and day-to-day operations, in exchange for a percentage of shares.

Applicants will need to be based in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire and be running a limited company, or be happy to incorporate in order to qualify for funding support.

Enquiries from pre-launch businesses with a sufficiently advanced business plan are also welcome.

Umbrella Brands Group was formed last year as the parent company to some of Lincoln’s fastest-growing brands, including marketing agency ThoughtMix.

To find out more information and to apply for the Growth Investment Fund please visit

Picture: Steve Bryant, Founder & Cheif Executive at UBG

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