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Finance for Growth


We understand that SMEs can often face barriers when it comes to finance, but we’re here to help you overcome those barriers and achieve your growth potential. As part of the #GrowMySME programme, the Finance for Growth scheme can support your business with everything from grant funding, getting to grips with basic accounts and forecasting, to developing financial strategies and accessing financial management information systems.

So far, our one-to-one specialist advice has assisted a wide range of SMEs across the Humber to gain access to over £568k of grant funding and over £5.3m of additional investment.

We have an intensive programme of support available and our expert advisors will be on hand to help your business become investment ready. With fully funded workshops and seminars, you’ll have a full programme of support and we’ll be with you every step of the way. Since launching the scheme, several businesses have accessed the grant to procure accountant prepared business plans and financial information. This specialist support provided them with the ability and confidence to approach potential investors and financiers.

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One-to-One advice

The Finance for Growth scheme can give you the specialist support you need to help with any financial aspects of your business growth.

Our advisors will also be able to signpost you to other solutions and relevant support as part of the wider #GrowMySME programme.

Our full package of support can help you apply the financial tools and techniques to achieve your growth potential. Let us help you with:

  • Addressing the key issues preventing your business from accessing finance, such as ineffectual business planning and a lack of in-depth management information.
  • Assisting you to understand what lenders/investors are looking for as an investment opportunity.
  • Helping you to understand the financial landscape and negotiate the financial options, products and support available.
  • Supporting you with applications to lenders and accessing equity funds


Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 (dependent on total eligible project spend) are available, eligibility will be identified through our business advisors and are discretionary and applications will need to be assessed. Larger projects could benefit from the Programme’s other grants through the ICT for Growth and Business Growth Schemes.

Your advisor will be able to signpost you to other solutions and relevant grant programmes as appropriate and support you by making sure your business is ready for submitting your grant application.


Our fully funded workshops, masterclasses and briefing programmes can help you develop the skills you need to enhance your understanding of all things finance. We have specially selected expert speakers and presenters so you can be confident that you’ll come away from the event with valuable skills and knowledge.

Finance for Growth FREE workshops, masterclasses & events

Gear up your business for the next stage of financial investment.


We offer an extensive range of workshops and events that are held at various venues across the Humber region. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Negotiation skills
  • Preparing and selling your business
  • Business networking for financial growth
  • Meet the business angels
  • Presenting and pitching with confidence
  • Applications of Fin Tech and Fin Tech funding
  • Funding festival
  • How to avoid financial fraud
  • Building an investable sales plan for financial growth.
  • How to assess the competition and turn their strengths into financial gain
  • Dragon’s Den Style Masterclasses

We’ve made it simple to access

We’ve already helped a number of businesses on their way to success and want to make it as simple as possible for you to access support too. If you’re interested in attending a bespoke one-to-one session, taking part in one of our workshops or finding out whether you’re eligible for a business grant, just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1.
You’ve found the scheme

Now that you’ve found the scheme that’s right for you, all you need to do is complete the online form to register your interest.

Step 2.
Are you eligible?

95% of SMEs in the Humber region may be eligible to access support. If you’re a business with under 250 full-time equivalent employees you should fit the bill.

Step 3.
Enquire now

Simply complete an Expression of Interest and we’ll check your eligibility for you. One of our advisors will then be in touch to find out how we can help.

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Is your business eligible?

As a minimum, your business must:

  • Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m

If eligible, SMEs will be able to apply for all aspects of the #GrowMySME programme.

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Want to find out more or chat about how we can help?

To find out more about the range of services, events and grants that the programme offers, contact us on our enquire now page or give us a call.

Finance for Growth, ICT for Growth and the Business Growth Scheme are supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme. These schemes are delivered by Humber Business Growth Hub and Hull City Council, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and e-factor Group Ltd.