About the fund

The Manufacturing Growth Fund’s purpose is to provide funding and impartial, expert advice to help you create growth. We want to offer you a grant towards the cost of bringing in specialist expertise for eligible projects. The key objectives of the fund are to drive job creation, the introduction and launch of new products and to improve productivity.

The Manufacturing Growth Fund supports small and medium sized manufacturers across the North West, covering Cheshire & Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region, and is delivered by The Growth Company.

How it works

Our expert advisors know the manufacturing and engineering sector; they’ll work with you to understand your growth ambitions, walk your site and get to grips with any challenges you face. They’ll help to scope out a project where input from a specialist consultant could unlock your growth ambitions, and they’ll help you find the right external provider to work with.

For eligible projects, we’ll provide a grant for 30% of the costs. We’re looking to support relatively significant projects with a value of around £10-15k which would attract a grant of £3-5k.

How to apply & who to contact

To apply for funding, first call the fund team on 0161 359 3050 and they will complete your application within 5 mins. Next you’ll need to speak to one of our specialist advisors. Then they’ll check you’re eligible to receive support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and visit you on-site to understand more about your growth ambitions and the steps you want to take to deliver those ambitions.

They’ll act as an impartial set of eyes in your business, helping to identify and define a consultancy project that will unlock your potential and could be suitable for grant support. They’ll also help you search the marketplace, securing three quotes and selecting the most suitable expert for your business.

From there, we’ll help you complete the grant application form, setting out the scope, timeline, cost and intended results of your project. We can support your application process and ensure you can demonstrate how you’re helping to create jobs, introduce new products or services to your customers, reach new markets or driving up your productivity.