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About the Business Growth Programme

Funding Round 18 is now open, so submit your completed application form before the closing date of Wednesday 6 December 2017.

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.

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 

A customer service survey was conducted during National Customer Service Week in October 2016 and the BDI Team achieved an overall customer satisfaction rating of 82%.

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.   

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. 

A summary of the survey results can be found here.