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Business Growth Programme 2

The Business Growth Programme 2 (BGP2) has launched

Changes to the Business Growth Programme 2 (BGP 2) – Effective 31 January 2022

With immediate effect, we will no longer accept BGP2 grant applications from businesses located within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area.

The GBSLEP grant fund is currently over-subscribed and we need to review the applications we currently have before committing any further funding. Once we have completed this exercise, we may reopen further funding rounds later, dependent upon availability of funding.

We are continuing to accept BGP2 applications from SMEs located within The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (TMLEP) area and would encourage businesses to submit BGP2 applications, as there is still grant funding available for the TMLEP area.


We are delighted to announce that Funding Round 39 of the £23.5m Business Growth Programme 2 (BGP2) is open for TMLEP applications only.  The deadline for submission of your application is Wednesday 25 May 2022*.

BGP2 offers grants of £2,500 to £1,000,000 and is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and help businesses grow. The programme is available to:

  • Start-Up B2B Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) moving into or located in The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership area only
  • Existing B2B SMEs moving into or located in The Greater Birmingham and Solihull and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership areas

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Birmingham City Council, BGP2 builds on the successful delivery of the £33m Business Growth Programme which closed in December 2018.

Grant funding is limited and subject to availability.

All of the documents you will need to apply for a BGP2 grant are available now.

BGP2 grant documentation

*Funding Round 40 will open on Monday 30 May 2022.

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