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Business Finance Incentives

Free Government Business Finance and Support Finder now available
In order to identify suitable business finance and support we strongly recommend you use the Government's free business finance and support search facility.  Here, you will be able to search for the latest business finance, support, grants and loans and there is the option to customise your search by location, size and type of business.  You can also find important information on how to start you own business, how to set up a business partnership, private limited company, become a sole trader or start social enterprise.

Please note Dudley Business First does not offer direct advice on starting up a business. 

There are currently a number of key funding initiatives available for small, medium and large businesses.

Opportunities for funding range from small loans and grants (under £10,000) up to a maximum of £1 million. 

  Key funding initiatives include: -

  • Regional Growth Fund  
  • Business Innovation Programme   

If you're unsure of which funding opportunity to apply for please contact us directly to discuss your requirements. 

We're particularly interested to hear from businesses that will create and safeguard new jobs in the private sector. 

More on current funding opportunities    

There are a number of specific funding initiatives and advisory services for businesses in the manufacturing and construction sector.    

Key funding opportunities include: -

  • Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI)
  • European funding
  • Grant funding and advice from the Manufacturing Service (MAS)

For a copy of the latest funding factsheet please contact us on 01384 812 001.

More on sector related funding opportunities

Whether you're looking to recruit staff, take on an apprentice or graduate there incentives and local support organisations to help you through this process. 

Key incentives include: -

  • Cash incentives for graduates offered by European-funded projects
  • Wage subsidies for employing an apprentice
  • Bespoke services offered by local colleges 
In addition to mainstream funding, there are a number of business finance options which may suit your business needs. Find out more

Key sources of funding include: -

  • The government's Investment Programme
  • UK Steel Enterprise
  • National Loans Guarantee Scheme
  • Business Angels
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