Financial Support

Find out about grants and other alternative funding options available via Harborough District Council, Central government and via our business support partners across Leicestershire and nationally.

Business Start- Up Grants

Thinking about starting or have recently set up your own business? Find out below about some of the funding support available for start-ups across Leicestershire.

Harborough District Council – Business Start Up Scheme

Pre-Start up and start-up businesses in the Harborough District can benefit from a programme offering business advice and support to help them launch and grow. The support will be a mix of 1-2-1 support, workshops and Business Accelerator programmes. This support is available to businesses who are looking to start up in the near future, or those who have been set up less than 36 months.

There is also a grant fund available to those businesses who have gone through the programme and are identified as having growth potential.
The programme is available now and will finish no later than March 2022.

Harborough District Council are partnering with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to deliver this initiative.


NBV – Grant for New Business

If the answer to the following is YES:

  • Ready to start trading
  • You sell business to business or business to consumer (service only NOT retail)
  • Your business is based in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire
  • Your business is registered with Companies House or HMRC

You may be eligible for the NBV grant for new businesses


Exploring Enterprise

This fully funded support aims to encourage young entrepreneurs between 18 – 30 yrs. to turn their ideas into reality through the Prince’s Trust. As well as funding for market testing and low interest start up loans, the program also includes workshops and one-to-one support.


Growth funding for Businesses

If you have an established business and are looking to invest in a new project, upscale with some new technologies, expand into a new premises or even make some environmentally concsious investments, there might be funding available to you through the following schemes

The Midlands Investment

The Midlands Investment, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, provides commercially focussed finance through Small Business Loans, Debt Finance, Proof of concept and Equity Finance funds. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and to realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise. MEIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the West Midlands and East and South Midlands.

MEIF provides over £250m of investment to boost small and medium business (SME) growth in the Midlands.

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Growth Grant* – Business Gateway Growth Hub

*Currently accepting expressions of interest. Current round of funding has been allocated. Those who submit their expression of interest will be contacted as soon as more funds are confirmed.

This business growth grant has been created to support the growth and development of existing small and medium-sized businesses.


NBV Grant for Enterprise

Grant for Enterprise supports the growth or development of existing micro, small and medium-sized businesses. Funding can be used to purchase equipment to help your business expand or diversify or to invest in consultancy services such as IT projects or sales strategy planning.


Digital Upscaler – Digital Growth Programme

If you’re a high growth business looking to invest in technologies, the Digital Upscaler project could help you.


Green BELLE – grants for sustainable, environmental developments

Green BELLE gives grants of up to £10,000 to support SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire to install low carbon measures and increase their energy efficiency


SHIRE Environment Grant

This grant, run by Leicestershire County Council, is designed to support innovative projects that minimize household waste, reduce carbon emissions and improve biodiversity


Covid Recovery Grants

Find out about the different financial support options available to support you through the pandemic and the recovery period.

New Additional Restrictions Grants

The Councils intention is for the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG), to act as a catalyst to boost recovery, growth, and innovation for local businesses with or without commercial premises, through the four new schemes. ARG will continue to support businesses that are severely impacted by the extended restrictions, (including businesses listed in the Government guidance), businesses that have not received any Covid-19 grants, and businesses that remain closed, although the hope is that the main emphasis will be to encourage businesses to look to the future and ‘build back better’, in an innovative, greener, and more digitally connected manner.

List of new ARG Schemes:

  • Go Digital
  • Go Green
  • Innovation
  • Business Survival

Click the link below to find out more about the new grant schemes, and how to apply for them.