£2 million Investment to Help Small Businesses to Grow – 17th April 2019 (UK)

The UK Government’s Business Basics Fund aims to help SMEs adopt proven technologies to help them to become more productive and successful.

Grants of up to £60,000 from a total pot of £2 million are available under two competitions for either:

  • Proof of concept projects; or
  • Trials that are either led by a business or by another type of organisation that is not a business.

Projects across all opportunities should look at how SMEs can become more productive by adopting tried-and tested technologies, such as accountancy, CRM, HR and payment systems; adopting modern business practices; or improving the use of technologies and practices already active within the business.

UK-based businesses of any size, public sector, university or research and technology organisations, charities and not-for-profit companies are eligible to lead a project.

Projects must start by 1st September 2019 and can last up to 12 months.

There will be webinar briefings on 14th February 2019 and 7th March 2019 for applicants to find out more about the competition, and an online evaluation masterclass on 5th March 2019 to help assess and analyse the results of a project.

The deadline for applications is at midday on 17th April 2019.


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