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About the Business Growth Programme 2

BGP2 Funding Round Two is now open, so submit your completed application form before the closing date of 29 May 2019* to be considered.

Grant Support available:

  • For Start-Up B2B** SMEs based in The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership area only, grants of £2,500 - £10,000 are on offer.
  • For existing B2B** SMEs, based in The Greater Birmingham and Solihull or The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership areas, grants of £10,000 - £1,000,000 are available.

Grants are subject to eligibility criteria and availability of funds and are restricted to 1 per business.

A BGP2 grant is offered on the basis of a company creating new jobs. 

For existing businesses, every £10,000 grant awarded must result in 1 full-time job being created.

For Start-Ups based in The Marches LEP area only, for every grant of £2,500 - £10,000 awarded, 1 full-time job must be created.

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

BGP2 grant documentation

*Funding Round 3 will open on Monday 3 June 2019.

**B2B = Business to Business

State Aid - De minimis and General Block Exemption Regulations

BGP2 operates under de minimis and General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER), dependent upon the level of grant funding you require.

If you are seeking funding for up to £100,000 you must have received less than €200,000 of State Aid assistance over a 3 year period (for the current and previous 2 financial years).  De minimis State Aid intervention rates are up to 50% in more developed areas and up to 60% in transitional areas.

If you require funding of £100,000 up to £1,000,000, you must be compliant with State Aid legislation - GBER.  GBER State Aid intervention rates are between 10% - 50% as defined by the European Community (EC) Treaty.

Refer to the BGP2 GBER Fact Sheet and Eligible Grant Calculator to help you work out the intervention rate applicable to you.

Changes made to BGP2

Grant funding is limited and will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Note:  Funding is subject to availability and we reserve the right to close the funding round early if we receive a substantial number of grant applications.

1-2-1 Appointments

If you would like to meet with a member of the team to discuss your potential project, we are offering 15 minute appointments at Lancaster Circus. 

Please contact the BGP2 Grants Hotline number on 0121 464 6456 to arrange a meeting.

Alternatively, if you are based in The Marches LEP area and would prefer to meet with your local Growth Hub, you can arrange an appointment with them directly on the following number:  0345 600 0727

The Business Development & Innovation Team – an award winning team

The BGP 2 is delivered by Birmingham City Council’s Business Development & Innovation Team (BDI), on behalf of the European Regional Development Fund.  The BDI team is committed to providing a high level of customer service to SMEs, as outlined in our Customer Charter.

To measure our customer service performance, we ask all applicants to complete a Customer Service Satisfaction Survey at the end of the grant process.  The results from the surveys received indicate that the BDI Team achieved an overall customer satisfaction rating of 92%, compared to an overall target of 90%. BDI Customer Service Survey.

The BDI team has a track record in delivering excellence.

In 2018, the Council was acknowledged by The Federation of Small Business Awards, receiving “Best in Class Highly Commended Business Support” in recognition of its work to stimulate the growth of SMEs through a range of support packages aimed at generating private sector investment and employment opportunities.

In 2016, the Council’s achievements were recognised at the Enterprising Britain Awards, part of the Government’s drive to increase entrepreneurial activity in the UK.  The Council won the “Improving the Business Environment” category and also the highly coveted “Most Enterprising Place in Britain” award.

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