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Finance & Funding

Grow your business by accessing funding, grants and loans.

Flexible AI Upskilling Fund pilot

The Flexible AI Upskilling Fund pilot scheme will support SMEs in the Professional and Business Services Sector by match-funding AI skills training for their employees.
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Sunderland Business Support Fund

This grant programme will help local growing businesses to access high quality external expertise to deliver business improvement projects.
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New Innovators in digital technology, North East England

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for projects that grow their innovation activities in the digital technology cluster in North East England.
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Creative Growth Finance II

Creative Growth Finance provides scale-up loans of £100k to £1m to UK businesses in the Creative Industries.
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New Innovators in Communication Networks 2024

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £500,000 to develop adoptable and investable innovations within communication networks. This funding is from the Telecoms Technology Missions Fund programme.
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Flexible Social Finance

Flexible Social Finance has been designed with the social sector, for the social sector.
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Smart Shipping Acceleration Fund

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million for innovative smart shipping technologies for maritime decarbonisation. This funding is from the Department for Transport (DfT).
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Pathways to Funding

Growing inclusive funding opportunities for business
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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II – Equity Finance

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II Maven are offering Equity finance up to £5 million for ambitious businesses located across the North East of England.
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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II – Debt Finance

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II NEL are offering Debt Finance from £100,000 to £2m
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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II – Smaller Loans

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II NEL are offering Smaller Loans from £25,000 to £100,000
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Innovate UK innovation loans future economy

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
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Wear Together Initiative

Wear Together provides social entrepreneurs in Sunderland with access to business support and grants assisting them with start, development, and growth of social businesses.
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Grants for Women in Engineering 2024

Are you a female leader of an enterprise within UK engineering? Are you looking for funding to take your organisation to the next level? If so, this grant could be for you.
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AXA Start-up Angel

Helping entrepreneurs make their business dreams a reality. Win £25,000 start-up funding to kick-start your business.
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Gateshead Start-up Skills

Delivered by Smarta, Gateshead Start-up Skills is all about ensuring startups, sole traders and freelancers in Gateshead get off to the best start with the right skills.
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Enterprising Sunderland

Enterprising Sunderland is a project designed to unlock the potential of future entrepreneurs within our communities and to support businesses from all sectors to grow and innovate.
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South Tyneside Business Growth Grant Scheme

The grant fund will support inward investment and the growth of companies in South Tyneside.
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Crowdfund North of Tyne

Crowdfund North of Tyne gives local people and communities the opportunity to create and fund projects which celebrate and improve our local area
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Durham County Council Retail Start-up Grant

The new Start-up Support Programme is available to new retail, hospitality and leisure businesses across County Durham
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Business Growth Fund

Support for businesses looking to expand or establish new operations in Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, North Of Tyne Combined Authority, Sunderland City Council.
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Grant Investment Fund

Eligible businesses in Northumberland can apply for a grant between £10,000 - £300,000.
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Creative Enterprise Business Builder

The Creative Enterprise Business Builder is a grant initiative designed to support companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games, animation and immersive industries.
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North East Innovation Fund

Funding for early-stage businesses with innovative, scalable ideas – from software to life science, start-up to scale-up.
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Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Through this scheme SMEs can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of full fibre connection, either individually or as part of a group project.
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The UK Games Fund (UKGF) Content Fund

Creative developers and start-up studios are invited to bid for a share of £5 million in government funding to turn their new video game ideas into market leaders.
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Workplace Charging Scheme

Government support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints.
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UnLtd - Awards

Grants plus business support are available to social entrepreneurs that are looking to start or grow an existing social venture.
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Start-up Loans for businesses 0-36 months

Funding loans of up to £25,000 available to entrepreneurs within their first 3 years of trading, with potential top up loans within years 3-5 of trading.
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Open North Foundation

Open North Foundation is a not for profit company dedicated to assisting the businesses and people of the North East to recover from the ravages of COVID-19.
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Northern Accelerator

Northern Accelerator is an exciting collaboration between the North East’s universities, creating real-world impact from world-leading research, commercialising innovation and boosting the region’s economy.
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North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment - Loans

Through the North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Creative UK are investing £1.5m in loans in the North of Tyne’s cultural and creative industries.
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North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment - Equity

Through the North of Tyne Culture and Creative Investment Programme, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Creative UK are investing £625k of equity finance in the North of Tyne’s cultural and creative industries.
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North East Venture Fund

Funding for companies which address a clear market need and have the potential to achieve significant growth.
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North East Social Investment Fund

A unique equity fund providing impact investments to north east charities and social enterprises ranging from £100,000 to £1 million for a wide range of purposes.
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North East Property Fund

A £10 million fund offering development funding to SME house builders, construction and property development companies
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Made Smarter Adoption North East

Made Smarter Adoption North East helps manufacturers in the region increase profits, improve efficiency and grow by investing in smart technology.
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County Durham Productivity and Growth Programme

The Productivity and Growth Programme supports businesses in all sectors in County Durham.
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Social Enterprise Boost

Boost your skills and get the knowledge you need to start a social enterprise in this exciting new programme.
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The North East Commercial Property Investment Fund

A £35 million commercial property fund that supports developers in the North East.
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Key Fund

Are you buying premises? Looking to grow? Wanting to launch a great business idea? The Key Fund has £4.5million to invest.
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Ignite North East

Ignite is an early-stage accelerator programme for start-ups with high-scaling potential (usually tech)
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North East Growth Capital Fund

The Growth Capital Fund provides between £100,000 and £500,000 of unsecured investment to ambitious companies which need additional finance to boost growth or to consolidate their market position.
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Finance Durham

Debt and equity finance for businesses based in or looking to relocate to County Durham.
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Defence and Security Accelerator

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.
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North East Screen

Funded by North East Screen Industries Partnership, North East Screen is a regional screen agency for filmmakers, producers and creative professionals looking to start and grow their careers in the industry.
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CITB Skills and Training Fund

CITB offer support to industry through their grants and funds.
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Northumberland Small Business Service

A service of business support to help small and micro businesses across Northumberland to start and grow.
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UKSE Business Loans and Investments

Working with UKSE gives you more than just finance. Benefit from the support and knowledge of people who have been there before.
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Business Energy Saving Team (BEST)

Save energy and money with free energy guidance and support from BEST
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BREEZ - Business Renewables Energy Efficiency Sunderland

Sunderland City Council offers eligible SMEs a flexible approach to cutting their energy bills and their carbon emissions.
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Durham County Council – Business Support

Durham County Council offers a wide range of services to help businesses to accelerate their growth and support their long-term sustainability.
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Invest South Tyneside

South Tyneside is a buzzing, vibrant place to start and grow a business with lots of support available to help businesses thrive.
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Sunderland City Council – Business Support

Sunderland City Council has a range of services available to support businesses.
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North of Tyne Inward Investment Fund

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has £10m available to support businesses looking to invest and create jobs in the North of Tyne.
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Green New Deal Fund (GNDF)

The Green New Deal Fund (GNDF) is an investment fund established by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) to provide finance to SMEs and the public sector to reduce carbon emissions, create green jobs and develop skills in the region.
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Innovation SuperNetwork

The Innovation SuperNetwork’s specialist business support gives North East businesses direct access to new market opportunities, finance and sector expertise.
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North East Enterprise Agency

North East Enterprise Agency is a unique collaboration of multi-award winning enterprise agencies supporting businesses across the North East of England.
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Business Gateshead

The Business Gateshead team works for everyone in Gateshead including businesses of all sizes, start-ups, their employees and people looking to get back into work.
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Newcastle City Council – Business Support

Find all the services that Newcastle City Council and its partners offer to help businesses start, develop and thrive in the city.
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Northumberland County Council – Business Support

Visit Northumberland County Council business page for information about business rates, grants & funding, licenses and permits and legislation.
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