About the Business Growth Programme 2
BGP2 Funding Round 8 is now open, so submit your completed application form before the closing date of Wednesday 13 November 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.
*Funding Round 9 will open on Monday 18 November 2019.
**B2B = Business to Business
State Aid - De minimis and General Block Exemption Regulations
The State Aid measures under which BGP2 operates are De Minimis and General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER). The most appropriate State Aid measure will be applied on a case-by-case basis, to maximise the level of grant funding awarded.
You can apply for either De Minimis or GBER, dependent upon how much State Aid funding you have received previously.
To apply for De Minimis, you must have received less than the Sterling equivalent of €200,000 State Aid assistance over a 3 year period (De Minimis State Aid 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.
To apply for GBER, you will either be seeking funding in excess of the Sterling equivalent of €200,000 up to £1,000,000, or you will have maximised your De Minimis allowance and are applying for a smaller grant (minimum grant is £2,500 for a Start-Up and £10,000 for an existing SME). GBER State Aid intervention rates are between 10% - 50% as defined by the European Community (EC) Treaty.
To calculate your GBER allowance, 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.
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 87%, 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.
Summative Assessment Report of the Business Growth Programme 2016 – 2018
An external evaluation of the Business Growth Programme (BGP) has been commissioned and is attached for your perusal. Whilst BGP closed in December 2018, the evaluation report provides a detailed evaluation of the programme and highlights not only the success of the programme, but the longer term impact of the programme on the economy.