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Data Analytics Innovation Voucher – improve data management

Finance | Training & Development | Business support & advice | I.T | Purchasing | Professional Services

The Data Analytics Innovation Voucher (DAIV) programme provides vouchers worth up to £2,000 to allow organisations to work with experts across the University of East Anglia.

If you are a micro, small or medium-sized business, local authority, charity, or not-for-profit-organisation, and you need help with your data analytics, then apply now for one of our Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIVs)!

Business Funding: Cutting-edge Technology Innovation

Finance | Business support & advice

Businesses can apply for a share of £15 million to support disruptive innovation in any technology area with potential to generate growth.
Projects can come from any technology, science, engineering or industrial area. They can fit in with any of Innovate UK’s priority sectors – emerging and enabling technologies, health and life sciences, infrastructure systems, and manufacturing and materials – or be outside.


Training & Development | Other | Networking

Collusion is a not for profit company working at the intersection of arts, technology and human interaction.

They create ambitious, disruptive, immersive works that consider the impact of emerging technology on society, inviting public engagement & interaction. Their mission is to build an international profile for the Cambridge area as an R&D centre for interdisciplinary arts & technology collaboration that engages artists/creatives, academics and technologists to generate work that could only have been produced here.

Grants4Growth – Local Enterprise Growth & Efficiency Programme


Capital grants are available up to a maximum of 28% of the eligible capital spend of your project on initiatives that promote business growth, increase turnover and help create jobs.

Good Finance Website: Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises

Finance | Business support & advice

Aimed at charities and social enterprises, a new website has been launched that explains and simplifies social investment to help charities access it and which is backed by government and a range of sector bodies has been launched.

EU Rural Business Funding – Business Development Grant


GCGP LEP has funding to help rural micro and small businesses grow to create new jobs and increase productivity with Business Development grants of up to £170,000.

Cambridge Independent Entrepreneurial Science and Technology Awards

Other | Mentoring

The World Nano Foundation, World Science Aid and investment firm Enabling Tech Capital have joined the supporters of the Cambridge Independent’s Entrepreneurial Science and Technology Awards.

Menta Expert Connections

Business support & advice

Menta expert connections is for business owners who find themselves in uncharted waters regarding strategic/management issues, and would welcome the opportunity to speak with a ‘critical friend’ who can draw on personal experience or provide a different perspective. For example, business owners may have to make decisions about expansion, further investment, employment, or diversification.

Employee Support in Skills (ESS) – Free Training Courses

Training & Development | I.T

If you’re looking to develop your skills and gain recognition for your abilities, there are a wide range of FULLY FUNDED courses available for you.

EU Rural Business Funding – Food Processing Grant


Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available for good quality eligible projects in the GCGP LEP area.

START2ACT – energy efficiency programme

Finance | Business support & advice | Mentoring

START2ACT is an EU programme, being delivered by the Carbon Trust, proving support to young businesses and startups wishing to engage with energy efficiency. Support is available via on site consultancy, mentoring and an online platform.

Small Grants Scheme


The Small Grant Scheme provides direct grant funding to local Micro, Small and Medium sized businesses in the Norfolk and Suffolk area to support growth and expansion, introduction of new products or services, improvements to productivity and efficiency, and may also create new jobs.

International Trade Portal

Sales & marketing | Regulation | Business support & advice | Exporting | Intellectual Property

The Lloyds Bank International Trade Portal is a powerful online tool to help businesses expand their business to overseas markets and position products and services in the best countries for trading.

Low Carbon Innovation Fund

Finance | Business support & advice

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) is a venture capital fund, providing equity finance for SME’s based wholly or partially in the East of England. LCIF co-invests alongside private sector investors such as founders, angel investors and/or other funds to provide finance to early and growth stage businesses in a variety of sectors to enable them to develop.

Data Pitch – Innovation Programme

Finance | Business support & advice | I.T

Data Pitch can support and fund you to develop new products and services with data. Data Pitch will provide up to 50 European start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with world-class business support.

Community Action Fund


The FCC Community Action Fund offers funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 to projects which fall within WREN policy and the Landfill Communities Fund.

Share Peterborough

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Other | I.T | Purchasing | Recruitment | Professional Services | Vehicles | Premises

Share Peterborough facilitates circularity amongst the business community, providing an easy way to tap into local resources and make the most of them. It helps generating economic, social and environmental value to each member, and to the whole City too.

Business Funding to Encourage Cycling and Walking


Organisations can apply for a share of up to £470,000 for innovative proposals to encourage people to make more journeys by bike or on foot.

Barclays Local Insights

Starting a business | Training & Development | Sales & marketing | Business support & advice

Have you ever wondered what makes people and small businesses in your area tick? We have.

Webinar: Self-employment & HMRC – getting started

Finance | Starting a business | Regulation | Business support & advice | Other

This webinar is aimed at people who are either newly self-employed or thinking about becoming self-employed.

Business Support Grant – Lincolnshire


The Business Lincolnshire programme offers companies access to grant funding, which is intended to support clients to grow their business.

SyndicateRoom Ltd – Equity Crowdfunding Platform

Finance | Capital Equity

SyndicateRoom is an online equity crowdfunding platform that allows its members to co-invest in high-growth companies with experienced investors including some of the most prominent Business Angels in the UK.

Engie Innovation – £10K SMART Building Competition

Training & Development | Business support & advice | Other | Mentoring

ENGIE UK is looking to identify innovative projects and solutions for a new joint energy and services offer which will either disrupt the existing energy and services markets or create additional value for our B2B customers.

Serious Impact – Start Up Accelerator

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Intellectual Property | Networking | Mentoring | Premises

Join a cohort of like-minded impact entrepreneurs to build, develop and consolidate your knowledge and skills, with expert help for great teams (or individuals) with new ideas, to launch and grow sustainable impact ventures.

Competition brief: investment accelerator pilot

Finance | Training & Development

The competition scope
Dates and deadlines
Competition opens Monday 8 May 2017
Briefing event for applicants Monday 15 May 2017
Registration deadline Midday Wednesday 28 June 2017
Application deadline Midday Wednesday 5 July 2017
This is a pilot programme for Innovate UK.

Pitchfest 2017

Finance | Training & Development | Other | Mentoring

Pitchfest 2017 is a highly-focused training and investor showcase designed to help ambitious business founders develop the necessary skills to become pitch ready.

Second round of Bright Ideas Fund

Finance | Starting a business | Training & Development | Sales & marketing | Regulation | Business support & advice | Exporting | Intellectual Property | Human Resources | Other | Purchasing | Mentoring

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a second round of the Bright Ideas Fund, which will be open to community groups that need investment to support their ideas for a community business.

REACTOR – Big Games Challenge 2017

Business support & advice | Other | Networking | Mentoring

This competition opportunity to apply applied gaming to Exploring Local Heritage is a well worth entering, with winners receiving grant funding, expert advice and exposure to the REACTOR games publishing house.

CWIC Innovation Programme

Business support & advice

Cambridge Wireless International Conference – Innovation Programme Application Form

All applications must be received by 12:00 Friday 7 April 2017, any application received after this time may not be accepted. There is no auto save, so you may want to copy the form and work offline and then cut and paste into the application before you submit. Once applications have been submitted they cannot be amended.

Website Grant – The Transform Foundation


The Transform Foundation have grants of up to £18,000 aimed at charities, non-profit organisations and CICs, to build their website.

Business Funding – Solving healthcare challenges

Regulation | Business support & advice

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to develop innovative ideas that will help solve healthcare challenges.


Business support & advice

The REACTOR project’s aim is to evolve the gaming sector from an entertainment-only industry into an exciting life solutions arena, creating opportunities for businesses and new benefits for users. Expert business support is available to transform ideas into real-life business opportunities.

Competition brief: emerging & enabling technologies round 2

Finance | Training & Development

Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million innovation projects that inspire and stimulate the products and services of tomorrow.

Innovation Bridge – SME Support and Grant Programme

Finance | Business support & advice

If your business is looking to develop an innovative new product or service, Innovation Bridge, run by Anglia Ruskin University, may be able to help.

The Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge & Peterborough programme (BEECP)

Finance | Business support & advice

The Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge & Peterborough programme (BEECP) aims to provide support and grants to small businesses to help catalyse investment in energy efficiency initiatives, to reduce carbon emissions and realise the associated business benefits including; reduced operating costs, increased competitiveness, business growth and resilience.

Funding Circle


Funding Circle is a peer to peer leading lender focused on helping small businesses gain financial support. Loans are available from £5,000 up to £1,000,000.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

Finance | Training & Development | Business support & advice

Manufacturing SME’s in Norfolk, Suffolk, or Hertfordshire, can now access the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) Grant which could provide many advantages for your business.

Key facts on Research & Development Tax Relief

Finance | Starting a business | Business support & advice

If you or any of your clients are involved in research and development projects you may be able to claim R&D tax relief.

Funding for early-stage design projects

Finance | Training & Development

Innovate UK has launched a new fund for small and medium-sized firms to develop early-stage design projects.

Community Business Fund


The Power to Change Community Business Fund has £10 million of grant funding to help community businesses to create better places across England.

SCORE Grants

Finance | Business support & advice | Intellectual Property

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to help companies across England to develop new products, processes and ideas – from patenting a product to exploring concepts that offer new ways of solving problems and driving efficiency.

Serious Impact

Starting a business | Sales & marketing | Business support & advice | Intellectual Property

The Serious Impact programme provides a range of support services to help entrepreneurs, early stage start-up businesses and established SMEs.

Offices, Labs & Developments – Professional Premises


Cambridge is home to one of the country’s first dedicated Science Parks, and further developments over the past few years have led to a variety of offices, labs and premises for companies of all sizes.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Training & Development | Business support & advice | Human Resources | Networking | Mentoring

Do you run a successful business or social enterprise and are looking to grow?
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education and business support services.


Finance | Starting a business | Training & Development | Sales & marketing | Regulation | Business support & advice | Exporting | Intellectual Property | Mentoring | Capital Equity

Innovate2Succeed is a fully-funded innovation mentoring programme to support ambitious SME’s with bringing new products or services to market.

The Care and Wellbeing Fund – Social Enterprises

Finance | Business support & advice

The Care and Wellbeing Fund is an investment fund which aims to develop and scale community-based services to improve people’s health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on long-term conditions such as cancer.

Investors in the Environment (iiE)


Investors in the Environment (iiE) is a not for profit environmental accreditation scheme. It is designed to help businesses, small or large, save money and the environment by improving their energy efficiency and reducing their environmental impact.

Invest and Grow Funding


The £9 million Invest and Grow Fund is Greater Lincolnshire’s rolling infrastructure funding scheme, designed to kick start stalled housing and commercial developments.

Greener Business Grant


The Greener Business Grant has been set up by West Suffolk Local Strategic Partnership (WSLSP) to help local businesses and organisations reduce their energy use and save money.

Start-Up Loans Company


The Start Up Loans Company is a government-backed scheme, to provide unsecured personal loans for business purposes.

East of England Regional Trade Finance Loan Scheme


The East of England Regional Trade Finance Loan Scheme is available to established SME businesses that have a short term trade funding requirement that does not meet traditional trade finance support schemes.

East of England Regional Growth Loan Scheme


The East of England Regional Growth Loan Scheme is a loan scheme aimed at filling the gap between traditional debt and equity funding.

New Enterprise Allowance

Finance | Starting a business | Business support & advice | Mentoring

New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business, this only applies to people that re receiving certain benefits. New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business, this only applies to people that are receiving certain benefits. You must be 18 or over, have a business idea and receive a certain type of benefit.

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund

Finance | Regulation | Other

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £10,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.

Cambridge Wireless

Starting a business | Regulation | Networking | I.T

CW (Cambridge Wireless) is a leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless & mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies.

Signpost 2 Grants

Finance | Purchasing

Signpost 2 Grants offers grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to support capital investment projects. The grants cover up to 20% of the project cost, and are linked to the creation of new jobs.

Cambridge Judge Business School

Training & Development

Judge Business School, based in the heart of Cambridge is a business school advancing knowledge and leadership through people who leave a mark on the world.


Training & Development | Business support & advice | Recruitment

KEEP+ will enable your business achieve its goals for growth by helping you to overcome barriers to innovation

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation – CCF


Cambridgeshire Community Foundation is part of a worldwide charitable network of community foundations.


Finance | Starting a business | Training & Development | Business support & advice

YKTO bring more than 30 years’ combined private and public sector expertise in supporting new entrepreneurs, established businesses and corporates

Institute for Manufacturing – IfM

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Mentoring

The Institute of Manufacturing (IFM) provides an environment for the creation of new ideas and approaches to modern industrial practice. IFM is a part of the University of Cambridge, it brings expertise in management, technology and policy.

Better Business Finance

Finance | Starting a business

Better Business Finance provides information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow; whether the business is seeking finance, or starting out or exporting abroad.

St Johns Innovation Centre

Networking | Premises

St Johns innovation Centre provide early stage knowledge-based companies with tailored business services and flexible accommodation. St Johns Innovation Centre has recently partnered with Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), designed to help innovate, grown and succeed in the European marketplace.

One Nucleus


One Nucleus is an international membership based organisation for life science and healthcare companies. One Nucleus are based in Cambridge with the majority of their members across Cambridge/London. Memberships are based on the size of the company and how many people they employ. Membership prices range from £185 – £6,740 (excluding VAT).

Cambridge Network

Training & Development | Networking

Cambridge Network is a membership organisation based in Cambridge. Cambridge network bring people together – from business and academia – to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success.

IOD – Institute of Directors

Networking | Mentoring

IOD help businesses of all sizes to access the essential skills, insight and networking opportunities they need to succeed. IOD are a membership based company, memberships start from £625 and range to £7,290.

Peterborough Environment City Trust

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is an independent charity working for a cleaner, greener, healthier Peterborough. PECT deliver a range of projects and initiatives working with local people, communities, schools, businesses, local authorities and voluntary organisations.

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Mentoring

The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce are committed to businesses. From start-up businesses, small and medium sized enterprises and on to global brands.


Training & Development | Recruitment

Apprenticemakers has been developed to help apprentice employers across the country make connections and ask each other questions about the benefits and challenges associated with recruiting apprentices. The community aims to support a greater take up of Apprenticeships amongst small and medium businesses (SMEs) and has been developed following a recommendation in the Holt Review to support peer to peer mentoring between employers. This project is assisted by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).



ADSM are the leading utility management specialists, they help private and public sector organisations meet today’s global environmental challenges. ADSM aim to reduce global water usage by 1% which would then hep 5 million people out of water poverty. ADSM do this by offering fully-funded grant schemes and research projects, installing technology at no cost to you at all.

Design Leadership Programme

Finance | Business support & advice | Mentoring

The Design Leadership Programme is a programme offering up to 10 days of design and innovation-focused mentoring over a period of 6 to 18 months. The programme helps businesses put design at the centre of their business strategy and will give businesses new skills and capabilities, boost competitiveness and speed up growth. The programme and costs are different for each business. Most programmes cost between £2,000 and £10,000, and if an application is successful, the business will receive a subsidy which will pay 50% of the cost.

West Suffolk College

Training & Development

Develop Anglia, run by West Suffolk College, offers training for businesses across the West Suffolk area and beyond.

Cyber Essentials for Small Businesses

Regulation | I.T

Most companies now use the internet to do business, in one way or another. The internet brings huge business opportunities and benefits, but it also brings risks.

Grant funding from Big Potential – BIG Lottery Fund


Grant funding from Big Potential – BIG Lottery Fund. Social investment for VCSEs

New childcare business grant

Starting a business

New childcare businesses can apply for a grant

BEE Anglia (Business Energy Efficiency Anglia)

Finance | Regulation | Business support & advice | Other | Premises

BEE Anglia is a three-year programme which will provide free support to at least 1,000 SMEs across Suffolk and Norfolk to become more energy efficient

Horsesmouth Online Mentoring

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Other | Networking | Mentoring

Horsesmouth is an online social networking platform for everyone to give and gain through informal mentoring

Learndirect for Business

Training & Development

Learndirect provide courses and qualifications, training, e-assessment and employment services

Civil Nuclear Sharing in Growth

Business support & advice | Networking

The Nuclear AMRC brings together the experience and resources of industry leaders with the expertise and innovation of leading universities.

Grant funding from Historic England


Grant funding from Historic England (formerly National Heritage) to help save the historic sites in England that are most at risk of being lost.

Foundation East Business Loans

Finance | Starting a business | Business support & advice | Purchasing | Mentoring | Professional Services

Foundation East Start Up and Growth Loans allow viable business plans to access the finance they need to kick start their business. This is a match funding scheme, which means you will have to have at least 50% of the total funding in place to be eligible.

Fredericks Foundation Start Up Loan

Finance | Starting a business | Training & Development | Sales & marketing | Regulation | Business support & advice | Exporting | Intellectual Property | Other | I.T | Purchasing | Mentoring | Recruitment | Professional Services | Vehicles | Premises

Fredericks Foundation will consider offering a start up loans to those who can demonstrate they have been refused a loan by a main stream lender.

Funding Circle business loan


Funding Circle business loans available from Government backed peer to peer lending platform

Crowdfund raising platform


Crowdfunder turns great ideas into reality by connecting people, projects and partners. Crowdfunder has raised millions for businesses, social enterprise, charities and individuals – and unlocked millions more through match funding and support.

The Coaching and Mentoring Network

Training & Development | Business support & advice | Mentoring | Professional Services

The Coaching & Mentoring Network website is a free online information resource dedicated to the broad field of coaching and mentoring


Starting a business | Premises

Office units are available at the Littleport and Ely e-space centres for start-ups, small and growing businesses

Kickstarter crowdfunding platform

Finance | Exporting | Networking

The Kickstarter project funding platform was built to serve creative projects, the artists, designers, and creative people who make them.

GetSet For Growth

Starting a business | Training & Development | Sales & marketing | Business support & advice | Networking | Premises

Whether your business is micro or multimillion, Get Set for Growth can help you create or strengthen your marketing strategies in order to generate more money from more customers and work with you to secure finance to support your goals.

Starting a Community Interest Company – CIC


Community interest companies: forms and step-by-step guides for registration


Training & Development | Business support & advice | Intellectual Property | Other | Networking

Medilink EM is the East Midlands life science industry association, whose aim is to help companies establish, develop and grow.

Creative Europe Desk UK

Finance | Training & Development | Exporting

Creative Europe Desk UK offers free advice and support to UK-based applicants of Creative Europe – media and culture

Cambridge Science Park Innovation Centre


Cambridge Science Park Innovation Centre provides secure, furnished work space at the heart of the Cambridge cluster.

City College Peterborough

Training & Development

City College Peterborough provide apprenticeships, workplace training and adult learning

Eco Innovation Centre


Eco Innovation Centre offers a professional, eco-friendly working environment for incubating and growing companies.

The Learning Collaboration

Training & Development | Human Resources | Networking

Cambridge Network’s Learning Collaboration is our specialist training division delivering a wide range of diverse courses, from personal development and soft skills training to management development, specialist technical, finance and HR subjects

College of Animal Welfare – CAW

Training & Development | Regulation | Business support & advice | Mentoring | Recruitment

College of Animal Welfare have a history in designing, developing and delivering a wide range of training for the animal care industry and veterinary profession, including leading animal welfare organisations; we are well placed to support organisations with their staff training needs.

Cambridge Regional College – CRC

Training & Development

CRC (Cambridge Regional College) offer the opportunity to learn skills for employment, economic growth and enterprise

College of West Anglia – CWA

Training & Development

College of West Anglia provides education and training for individuals aged 14+

University Centre Peterborough – UCP

Training & Development

University Centre Peterborough represents the higher education offering in Peterborough

The Association of Independent Professionals and The Self-Employed – IPSE

Starting a business | Training & Development | Business support & advice | Networking | Mentoring | Professional Services

IPSE works hard to support those working for themselves in the UK.

Peterborough Regional College

Training & Development

Peterborough Regional College offers education and training

Institute of Leadership and Management – ILM

Training & Development

ILM is a provider of leadership, coaching and management qualifications and training

Chartered Institute of Personnel Development – CIPD

Human Resources

CIPD membership body for HR professionals incorporating people development through learning and development

Marketing Donut

Sales & marketing

Marketing Donut is a free online marketing resource website providing up to date information for you to access when you need it – a fantastic knowledge bank for marketeers and non marketeers.

Marketing and Advertising Law

Sales & marketing | Regulation

It is imperative a business adheres to regulation relating to marketing and advertising, which have been created to protect all concerned.

Contract Finder


Contract Finder provides businesses with the opportunity to explore and search for new business opportunities. You can search for information about contracts worth more than £10,000 with the government and its agencies. 

Retail Trading Hours

Regulation | Premises

Keep abreast of trading hours law

Chartered Trading Standards Institute – CTSI


ustainable excellence in local trading standards services and the continued development of trading standards professionals are at the heart of CTSI’s ethos; they are central to our wider mission to promote and protect a modern and vibrant economy, and to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of citizens and honest businesses.

Huntingdon Regional College – HRC

Training & Development

Huntingdon Regional College (HRC) offers Further Education, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and tailored training courses to local businesses and individuals.

The British Institute of Learning & Development – BILD

Training & Development

The British Institute for Learning & Development is the professional body the learning and development industry.


Regulation | I.T

IASME is one of the four Cyber Essentials accreditation bodies appointed by the UK Government. Together with their Certification Body companies, IASME can certify you to the Cyber Essentials scheme required for many government tenders.


Regulation | I.T

CREST is a not for profit organisation that serves the needs of a technical information security marketplace that requires the services of a regulated professional services industry.

The Energy Advice Line

Purchasing | Premises

Impartial energy advice for businesses

Workplacement MSc students

Training & Development | Exporting | Human Resources | Recruitment

Looking for work placement opportunities for MSc Intercultural Business Communications students for summer 2016.

Work trials from Job Centre Plus

Human Resources | Recruitment

A work trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job.

The Waste and Reduction Action Programme – WRAP


setting out how businesses, organisations and consumers can be part of a resource revolution that will re-invent, re-think and re-define how we use materials.

Pitch for People

Starting a business | Other | Professional Services

Find like-minded people to collaborate with near you

Carbon Trust

Business support & advice

helping companies turn good environmental performance into competitive advantage

West Anglia Training Association – WATA

Training & Development | Regulation

West Anglia Training Association – Supporting your business, your career, your development

Manufacturing Excellence

Training & Development | Business support & advice

SFA funded skills training improve business performance and develop leadership and management teams in the workforce.

Health and Safety


Health and safety law and support to comply legislation

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

Finance | Regulation | Business support & advice | Exporting | Intellectual Property

Enterprise Europe Network East of England offers small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) local access to a wealth of information on doing business, finding collaborative partners, and increasing competitiveness in Europe.

The HR Society

Human Resources

The HR Society is a network whose members are drawn from the senior ranks of the HR profession, academia and others involved in value added HR strategy across the private, public and not for profit sectors.

Employer Service Line – Recruitment Help and Advice


Government Employer Services Line offers practical support and advice about recruitment

The Law Society

Intellectual Property | Other | Professional Services

The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors

Small Business Rate Relief


Small businesses can apply for Business Rates discount on their premises via the Government’s Small Business Rates Discount scheme.

British Library and IP Centre

Business support & advice | Intellectual Property

The British Library Business & IP Centre supports entrepreneurs and innovators from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and growing a business.


Sales & marketing | Purchasing

CompeteFor is a free service that enables businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to major public and private sector buying organisations.

Innovate UK Vouchers

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Exporting | Intellectual Property | Mentoring | Professional Services

Innovation Vouchers worth up to £5,000 can be used to pay for an external expert to help your business grow

Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge

Business support & advice | Premises

More than an office, Future Business Centre Cambridge is a space for people who want to change the world for the better through enterprise and innovation. Whatever stage your social or green venture is at, we can help you grow. Future Business Centre Cambridge offers business support, as well as a range of Workspace Solutions including: Serviced Offices, Co-working Space, Incubator Space, Virtual Offices & Events.

The Enterprise Foundation

Business support & advice | Mentoring

The Enterprise Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation run by seasoned business operators for the advancement of business start-ups with an emphasis on Social Enterprise and particularly for Social Innovation. The Enterprise Foundation has years of experience in running large non-profit and charitable initiatives that support individuals, national and local governments.

Allia Future Business Centre Peterborough

Business support & advice | Premises

More than just a workspace, the Future Business Centre is a place where innovative social & environmental enterprises can thrive and where people who want to change the world can grow their ideas with like-minded people.

Essex Chamber of Commerce

Starting a business | Training & Development | Business support & advice | Exporting | Mentoring

Essex Chambers of Commerce is the voice of business across Essex as the largest independent, private sector provider of business support in the county. Representing businesses at local level to government, working with leading organisations, Essex Chamber of Commerce deliver business information and advice, as well as business products and services from HR to healthcare and more.


Finance | Starting a business | Training & Development | Business support & advice | Other | Networking | Mentoring | Premises

Allia is a charity that supports individuals and organisations who create social benefit. Allia are currently involved in four main areas of activity, along with a number of one-off projects.

IT Donut

Starting a business | I.T | Purchasing

Free online IT resources website

Cambridge CleanTech

Other | Networking

Cambridge CleanTech is a membership based organisation supporting the growth of environmental goods and services or “Cleantech” companies in the greater Cambridge area. Cambridge Cleantech’ Vision is to establish Cambridge as a leading cleantech community in Europe. Joining Cambridge CleanTech will entitle companies to a wealth of benefits to help develop businesses in the fast growing global CleanTech marketplace.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Other | Networking

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is a business lobbying organisation, providing a voice for employers at a national and international level. They provide a voice for businesspeople and their business. CBI speak for companies of every size and in every sector. CBI provide this voice to members as it is a membership based service.

ICAEW Business Advice Service

Business support & advice

The ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) provides professional advice for owner-run businesses, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and new business startups.

Ignite Business

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Mentoring | Premises

Ignite are a Not for Profit Organisation who pride themselves in supporting local new start and existing businesses, creating high survival rates and growth. They aim to provide a complete range of services for the business community.

The Technology Innovation Fund

Business support & advice

The Technology Innovation Fund programme works by giving companies access to National Physical Laboratory expertise. The Technology Innovation Fund is a National Physical Laboratory funded support programme developed to increase engagement with new and innovative UK small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). TIF provides users with a set rate of £400 per day irrespective of scientist grade or facilities used. Larger enterprises and academic institutions are also eligible for TIF support but at a higher day rate of £600.

VisitEngland – Help for tourism businesses

Business support & advice

VisitEngland is a business advice hub for tourism based businesses. These businesses can be large or small.

Creative Industry Finance


Creative Industry Finance is a programme designed to help creative enterprises in gaining the finance and investment that they need to develop and grow. This programme is available across England. If eligible The Creative Industry Finance will provide you with 1:1 tailored advice and help applying to one of their lending partners for a business loan.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)


The Federation of Small Businesses – FBS is membership based service which is designed to help smaller business achieve their ambitions. FBS do this by offering members a wide range of business services including advice, financial expertise and support.


Business support & advice

EEF is a membership based organisation that provide business support for the manufacturing and engineering industry through England and Europe.

Wenta – Mentor Scheme

Business support & advice | Mentoring

Wenta’s Mentoring programme, in association with the Business Finance Taskforce, supports existing businesses across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire by carefully matching a fully trained business mentor with those businesses seeking advice and guidance. Businesses receive up to 6 months of free support from an experienced mentor.

Department for International Trade


UK Trade and Investment provide expert international trade advice and practical support for UK based companies who are looking to grow their business overseas

GetSet for Growth

GetSet for Growth is a service designed for businesses with the ambition and potential to grow. GetSet for Growth focus on addressing the two biggest barriers to growth – access to customers and access to finance. They offer a mixed programme of support, delivered by a team of commercial finance and marketing experts, many of whom have had experience running their own business.

Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

Starting a business

A programme for young entrepreneurs who are looking at smart, innovative ideas to help solve the energy and resource needs of the UK’s fast-growing population.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

Finance | Starting a business | Training & Development | Business support & advice

If you’re between the ages of 18 -30, live in the UK, unemployed or work fewer than 16 hours per week The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme could be for you. This programme is designed to make business ideas become reality for those who may not be able to finance it.

As well as a funding for the business idea The Prince Trust Enterprise are also offering training to show you what you need to know to start up. 1 to 1 support will also be available to you to help explore and test your business idea, this will then hopefully lead to creating a business plan for this idea. As well as 1 to 1 support, mentoring will be available to help develop your business access other opportunities in education, training and work.

Develop Anglia: Funding for Short Courses

Training & Development | I.T

If your company is based in Suffolk or Norfolk and employ less than 250 employees you could be eligible for a free skills health check, specialised advice & tailored training plan and subsidised training delivered at a time to fit in with your business.
Subsidised training is provide through the funding of European Social fund. The training offered can be delivered across a wide range of topics and qualifications either at West Suffolk College, your company premises or at a local location.

Ignite Peterborough

Starting a business | Business support & advice | Mentoring | Premises

Ignite is a project created for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30, additionally Ignite’s services are available to anyone of any age if they are claiming benefits or income support. The way in which Ignite help start-up businesses is by offering office space, mentoring, bespoke support and plenty of networking.

Anglia Ruskin University Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTN’s)

Human Resources | Recruitment

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are designed to help encourage growth and inject valuable knowledge and expertise into your company. Anglia Ruskin University are the largest provider of KTPs in the East of England, with a strong reputation for working in partnership with businesses.

R & D Tax Credits for SMEs

Finance | Other

Research and Development (R&D) tax relief (or credit) is a company tax relief that can either reduce a company’s tax bill or, for some small or medium sized (SME) companies, provide a cash sum. It is based on the company’s expenditure on R&D

Patent Box – Corporation Tax Relief

Finance | Intellectual Property | Other

The Patent Box enables companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned after 1st April 2013 from its patented inventions.

Finance East – East of England Regional Growth Loan Scheme


Finance East provides an alternative source of loan finance to support high-growth businesses based in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire. Loans of between £50,000 and £200,000 are available over a term of two to five years for certain businesses.

HM Revenue and Customs

Starting a business | Training & Development | Business support & advice | Exporting | Human Resources | Other

Designed to help anyone in business – particularly the newly self-employed and new employers, HMRC’s Business Education and Support Teams offers online training and helpful events.

March Enterprise Park


March Enterprise Park provides the perfect environment for local start-up and established companies to grow. Housing 10 individual, modern, light-industrial units ranging in size upwards from 732 sqft, the enterprise park offers start-up flexible, fully self-sufficient workspace on ‘easy-in, easy-out’ tenancy terms and access to free business advice.

King’s Lynn Innovation Centre


Opening in spring 2016, West Norfolk’s newest business hub, King’s Lynn Innovation Centre will be a centre for business formation, knowledge transfer and engagement with world leading companies. Tenants and clients will benefit from top-specification serviced office space, modern conference suites and an optimum working environment equipped with the latest technology.

Peterborough and Rutland LEADER programme


LEADER aims to improve the competitiveness and diversification of the farming and forestry industry, whilst supporting small businesses, creating growth and boosting productivity in rural communities. We have a number of LEADER programmes in our area. The main ones, in terms of the GCGP area covered, are Rural Peterborough and Rutland; the Cambridgeshire Fens; West Norfolk; and the Eastern Plateau.

Eastern Plateau LEADER Programme


LEADER aims to improve the competitiveness and diversification of the farming and forestry industry, whilst supporting small businesses, creating growth and boosting productivity in rural communities. We have a number of LEADER programmes in our area. The main ones, in terms of the GCGP area covered, are Rural Peterborough and Rutland; the Cambridgeshire Fens; West Norfolk; and the Eastern Plateau.

West Norfolk LEADER Programme


LEADER aims to improve the competitiveness and diversification of the farming and forestry industry, whilst supporting small businesses, creating growth and boosting productivity in rural communities. We have a number of LEADER programmes in our area. The main ones, in terms of the GCGP area covered, are Rural Peterborough and Rutland; the Cambridgeshire Fens; West Norfolk; and the Eastern Plateau.

Rural Broadband Vouchers: Up to £350 towards a faster connection

Finance | Starting a business | Business support & advice | Other | I.T

Rural Broadband can now help you save £350 on your satellite broadband with help from BDUK Voucher (2meg or slower connections can apply).

NWES Start & Grow Programme

Starting a business | Sales & marketing | Business support & advice | Human Resources

The Start & Grow programme is designed specifically to provide intensive pre and post-start support to individuals looking to start sustainable businesses that will employ people from the early stages and where start-up financing will be required to get the business venture off the ground.

Innovate UK


Innovate UK support and connect innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth.
If you have an idea for an innovative product or service, you may be able to get help from Innovate UK to develop it and make it successful.

Cambs Fens LEADER Programme


The LEADER project aims to improve the competitiveness and diversification of the farming and forestry industry, whilst supporting small businesses, creating growth and boosting productivity in rural communities.

Employer Training Incentive Pilot

Training & Development

The Employer Training Incentive Pilot (ETIP) provides a 25% return against cash paid for additional training to a maximum grant of £1,000 per learner to SMEs in Norfolk and Suffolk to help train their employees, aged 19 and over.



If you are looking for a mentor to help support your business, visiting Mentorsme is a good first step. Mentorsme is Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services, and includes a handy online search function to help connect your business with a mentor.

Signpost 2 Grow Event Finder


Here at Signpost 2 Grow we have drawn together a wide selection of networking and learning events taking place across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area. Try out our handy event finder to see what is going on near you.

Business Regulation

Regulation draws together all of the latest news, policy information and case studies relating to Government level business regulation.

Open to Export


The Open to Export Action Plan service can help you to create a practical Export Action Plan for your business. Until 18th December you also have the chance to enter it into a competition to win £3,000 of exporting support.


Starting a business | Training & Development | Sales & marketing | Networking | Mentoring | Premises

Menta is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides free, impartial one-to-one advice and support for startups, emerging and existing businesses and for those considering self-employment.

Foundation East


Foundation East offer loans of up to £100,000 to businesses with a viable business idea who need funding and some advice to make their entrepreneurial dream come true, get more equipment to grow their company, need some working capital to help with cash flow or to take on an apprentice to expand their services.

NWES: Start Up Loans

Finance | Starting a business

NWES is an approved supplier of the Government’s Start Up loans, which offers pre-start and start-up businesses aged up to two years old loans to help set up and grow their businesses.

BT Local Business KickStart Scheme


The BT Local Business KickStart Scheme is a corporate finance programme offering start-up businesses in the UK the opportunity to lease technology and telecommunications solutions.

Barclays Renewable Energy Fund


Barclays have created a £100 million fund to help farmers in the UK meet the costs of renewable energy initiatives like wind farms, solar panels, organic waste power and hydro plants.

Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative: R&D Prototyping Fund


The Research, Development and Prototyping Fund from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative is designed to help support the research and development of new product or processes with grants of between £10,000 and £60,000.

Apprenticeships Grant for Employers


The AGE 16 to 24 Grant for Employers aims to support businesses to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.

Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative

Capital Equity

The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative has been created to support the development of the Agri-Tech industry in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

Exporting | Networking

The Chamber team work from two offices, one in Cambridge and one in Peterborough, with several members of staff often out on the road meeting new and existing members and investigating the issues affecting the local business community.

Newmarket & District Chamber of Commerce


The Newmarket and District Chamber of Commerce works with businesses in Newmarket and surrounding villages to help them achieve their full potential.

Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

Exporting | Networking

Haverhill Chamber of Commerce works with businesses in Haverhill and surrounding villages to help them achieve their full potential.

Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce

Exporting | Networking

Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce, part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, is the largest independent private sector forum serving the town and surrounding area with the aim of meeting the needs of its member companies and the wider business community.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Exporting | Networking | Mentoring

Working with leading organisations to deliver the very best services, business information and advice. Suffolk Chamber can support your business throughout its lifecycle – from starting up in business, development, growth and beyond.

The Skills Service

Training & Development

Funded by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and delivered by Opportunity Peterborough, The Skills Service responds to business needs.

Agri-Tech East


Agri-Tech East is the UK’s first agri-tech cluster organisation. It contains the business and research power-houses of Cambridge and Norwich and is home to highly innovative growers who manage much of the UK’s most productive and profitable agricultural land.

ADSM AquaFund

ADSM’S AquaFund provides fully-funded grant schemes and research projects to help businesses reduce their water usage. They identify water and cost-saving opportunities, install cutting-edge technology that the business will subsequently own, alongside other services. There are different grant schemes available from just a review of your usage and identification of potential savings to be made through to the installation of new equipment.


Training & Development | Business support & advice | Human Resources

Acas (which stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides business with information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.