Support and Funding for Innovation

Innovation is the successful development and introduction of new ideas. Investing in innovation, research and development is important for economic growth.

Businesses that do, often emerge stronger and more competitive than they were before. If a company creates something unique it has intellectual property (IP) that it can protect and exploit.

Listed below are sources of support and funding to enable you to innovate.

Enterprising Ashfield

Start-up to Scale-up business support programme across the Kirby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield areas...
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Made Smarter East Midlands

Advice, support and funding to help manufacturing businesses switch to advanced and automated technologies...
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High Peak Innovation Grants

Grants to support micro, SME and tourism businesses...
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Derby Innovation Accelerator

A range of innovation support for companies in Derby...
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Invest in Women Hub

Invest in Women Hub (IIWH) is a one-stop-shop to provide useful guidance and information to help women achieve their business......
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Innovate UK Business Growth

Innovate UK Business Growth is the UK’s innovation agency, and a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which......
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Business & IP Centre

Funded support to pre starts, start and micro businesses....
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Food Innovation Centre

Food Innovation Centre supports innovation and product development to local businesses...
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Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme

Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme (Chesterfield Borough Council) is a project that increases the level of support available to businesses in......
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Case Studies



Tybro is an award-winning, fourth-generation independent business. Founded in 1914, it provides high-quality precision engineering solutions to a range of industries.

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Skills for Life: Multiply Small Grants Opportunity

Skills for Life: Multiply Small Grants Opportunity

WMCA has now launched a Small Grants opportunity for VCS Organisations (Wave 2) to support with outreach & engagement activity for...

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Black Business Fund

Black Business Fund

Black-owned restaurants with fewer than five locations can apply to the fund for a grant.

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