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Eligibility criteria:

  • Completed at least 12 hours of support via the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme.
  • Have at least one of the following projected outputs: job creation, new product development or substantial increase in production capacity and financial growth.
  • Be a registered Cheshire business with HMRC and have a business bank account.
  • Be able to provide a business plan and sales forecast. A 2-year cashflow forecast is also required for grants over £5k. See the below resources to help with these.
  • Have the ability to fund 100% of the costs initially. This is a 50% funded grant which is paid to the business on receipt of consultancy/equipment purchase.
  • We cannot support retail businesses unless they produce/manufacture/brand their own products or sell more than 50% into other business.

Example projects:

  • Up to £1k grant (£2k project) – new website and/or marketing collateral development for start-ups and businesses developing new products*
  • Up to £5k grant (£10k project) – new product development consultancy or marketing consultancy**
  • Up to £15k grant (£30k project) – equipment/machinery purchase for new product development or to increase production capacity

*cannot fund e-commerce pages of websites, but might be able to fund the rest.

**could include paid advertising and marketing campaigns, but must be within a packaged marketing consultancy project, rather than a standalone campaign.

Contact your Business Development Manager directly or BGP_team@chester.ac.uk to apply. If you're not yet ready to apply, please use the resources below to help you prepare.

Resources to help

  • Create a simple business plan
  • Create a sales forecast
  • Create a cashflow forecast