Business support and advice


Funding is available through various sources, our business team can help advise and guide you through what is available.

Although a lot of the funding is loan finance, there are some grant funding sources still available. Get in contact with us at for more help.

Biorenewables Development Centre

Research grants available to assist industry in identifying new processes to convert plants and biowastes into products

Business Enterprise Fund

The Start-Up Loans scheme across North and West Yorkshire. Available to start-up and existing businesses run by people of all ages. If you are aged 18+ and are either looking to start-up in business or have recently started to trade and are still in the start-up phase of your business you can apply for a loan.

Business Growth Fund

Looking for management teams with a good track record, a proven business model and a desire to grow. We initially invest £2m–£10m of growth capital for a minority equity stake and a board seat we back both privately owned and AIM-listed, profitable companies typically with a turnover of £5m–£100m.

Business Network Support Fund

Grants of up to a maximum of £4,000 per business network are available to further support the development and effectiveness of the networks, improve resilience and increase business confidence.

Capital Allowances (HMRC)

Capital Allowances allow businesses to write-off the cost of certain capital assets against taxable income.

Cycle Tourism toolkit

If you are considering how your business can become more cycle friendly, this toolkit explores the reasons why, the expectations of cyclists, the opportunities, and help with the practical changes you can make.

DIT Yorkshire and Humber

DIT Yorkshire and the Humber, provide businesses with access to a regional network of International Trade Advisers who work closely with a global network of DIT advisers; ensuring that businesses are given the best advice and access to global export opportunities. 

Enterprise Europe Network

EEN is a fully funded service that can help businesses to reach new markets, distributors or commercialise new ideas in Europe and beyond.

The Enterprise Europe Network helps EU companies to become more competitive, create new jobs, and ultimately support the overall growth of the European economy. As part of the Enterprise Europe Network North East, Teesside University can help your business make the most of the European marketplace. This can include:

  • developing business in new markets
  • meeting potential new business partners
  • sourcing or licensing new technologies
  • research and innovation services
  • EU finance and funding information
  • understanding and influencing EU markets, policies, regulations and initiatives advice on intellectual property and patents

Federation of Small Businesses -  Membership offer

Benefit from up to £130 discount off your first years FSB membership.

As experts in business, the FSB offer members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. The sole aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

For more information, please see the FSB website, contact Adam Guttridge or contact Julie Hutton at

Finance Yorkshire

Loan funding for established or growing business or early stage business. Can fill a gap in funding where conventional sources of finance are insufficient or unavailable.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is an online peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, where businesses get fast business loans and investors earn returns on their investments. Funding Circle has funded almost £600m in loans to over 7,000 business since launching over five years ago, and has received financial backing from the Government-backed British Business Bank.

Innovate UK

For a business that needs help with something that’s a challenge, not just small change. For agri-food / built environment / space/water / waste / data innovators / inventors /Technology businesses.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Funding available to assist businesses in the manufacturing sector to devise plans to implement growth


As an NECC member you can access a whole host of business support services to help cut your costs, raise your profile and grow your business.

New Enterprise Allowance

A scheme that can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you are in receipt of certain benefits.


Equipment grants to assist small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding to improve their products and processes

Skills Support For The Workforce

Fully funded training programmes, designed to help businesses meet their growth ambitions.  Sector restrictions apply

Spark Fund

Innovation support and grants programme to help you improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

Funding for eligible SME's to access energy saving training, cost saving assessments, implementation advice and capital support for the installation of energy efficient equipment.

The Princes Trust

Grants for micro, small and medium businesses being set up by people aged 18-24.

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