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About the Business Growth Programme

Last chance to apply for £2m of grant funding

Funding Round 29 is now open, so submit your completed application form before the closing date of Wednesday 17 October  2018

We are delighted to announce that the new £33 million Business Growth Programme (BGP) has launched. Please see the funding round schedule for the latest funding round dates.

The package of support is designed to strengthen supply chains, stimulate innovation and grow existing Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Birmingham City Council, the BGP builds on the successful delivery of the Business Development Programme, the Business Innovation Programme and the Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme, all of which closed in 2015.

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 BGP Grants Hotline number on 0121 464 6456 to arrange a meeting.

Birmingham City Council has a track record in successfully delivering business support projects. In 2016, the council’s achievements were recognised by 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 the “Most Enterprising Place in Britain” award.

Business Development and Innovation Team

The Business Growth Programme is delivered by Birmingham City Council’s Business Development and 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 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 between April 2017 to March 2018 indicate that the BDI Team achieved an overall customer satisfaction rating of 92%. This was compared to an overall target of 90% which had been set in 2016.

The BDI team has a track record in delivering excellence.

In 2018, the Council won a prestigious award from the Federation of Small Businesses, winning the “Best in Class Highly Commended Business Support” accolade in recognition of its work to stimulate the growth of small and medium sized businesses, through a range of support packages aimed at generating private sector investment and employment opportunities.

In 2016, the Council’s achievements were recognised by 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.

In an effort to improve the service we provide to SMEs, the BDI Team has set a goal of achieving an overall rating of 90% customer satisfaction level, and will strive to achieve this.

Download a summary of the survey results.

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