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Business Support

 LEADER Funding 

Grow your rural business with grants of up to £170,000 from the LEADER fund

Financial support is available to Nottinghamshire based rural businesses looking to expand their operations and create new jobs with grants of up to £170,000.

The grants can be used to invest in new equipment, improvements to business premises and machinery.

The money has been provided by the EU as part of the LEADER funding programme.

Applications for this grant are now closed. 

D2N2 Funding

Part-funded by the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England, the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Technical Assistance website is an information source for partners and organisations with an interest in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).  The site contains information on how to apply for and successfully run an ESIF-funded project and about projects already being delivered in the D2N2 area.

Resources on the website include:

  • Contact details of the Technical Assistance team who can assist you with any ESIF related enquiries you may have
  • Details of current funding calls and current funded projects
  • Details of free events taking place to support organisations interested in applying for funding, plus post event pages with information and presentations from previous events
  • Case studies showing how ESIF funding has benefitted people, places and businesses in the D2N2 area
  • Links to key documents and guidance
  • News articles
  • D2N2 ESIF Strategy, which outlines the D2N2 LEP's approach to the distribution of all ESIF funds locally, evidences local need and sets out the D2N2 key areas for intervention
  • D2N2 ESIF Core Delivery Principles that define how a good ESIF project should operate in D2N2.

Information on the D2N2 LEP Area ESIF Sub-Committee, including a link to the committee meeting papers.

 Visit the D2N2 LEP Technical Assistance website at

Stay Ahead 

The StayAhead Project provides free support to SMEs to access high quality innovative in-working training solutions for their existing workforce. Training increases skills within the workforce and can help businesses benefit from improved productivity, competitiveness and workforce retention.

The project will enable SMEs to:

  • Undertake a skills based needs assessments
  • Identify current skills gaps and opportunities for skills growth within the workforce
  • Identify a suitable training provider that will deliver level 2 and level 3 training for employees (including basic skills where needed)
  • Access StayAhead Training Incentives to offset training costs.
StayAhead provides a 40% financial contribution to the cost of training employees up to the value of £2500.

Eligible employers must be SMEs located within the D2N2 area (Derbyshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham), operating within one of the five priorities key sectors: Construction, Creative & Digital Industries, Health & Social Care, Low Carbon and Transport Equipment Manufacturing.

The StayAhead Project is part-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF).

If you are interested in the project or would like more information please contact Joshua Powdrill on: 0115 914 8321
or email at: 

Shop Front Support 

The Shop Front Improvement Grant is a fund operated by Rushcliffe Borough Council that can offer financial support towards the improvement of shop fronts in the town areas of:

  • Bingham
  • West Bridgford (Including Melton Road)
  • Radcliffe on Trent
  • East Leake.

Apply now:

Shop Front Improvement Grant - Application Form

Shop Front Improvement Grant - Application Guidance


Invest In Nottingham 

Invest in Nottingham promotes the city and county as a top UK business location and works to attract and assist new companies to the area.

The team provide a collaborative one-stop approach to providing information, advice and insight to reach a decision and introductions to the people networks that encourage businesses to invest in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

The services are FREE, confidential, impartial, bespoke and completely client focused.

Services include:

  • Bespoke research and economic data
  • Property solutions and location advice
  • Recruitment and training support
  • Relocation support for incoming employees
  • Access to funding and incentive packages
  • Linkages into business networks
  • Continued support to ensure businesses succeed and expand
  • Press/PR support to raise profile of businesses moving to Nottingham.

Take a look at the Invest in Nottingham  Brochure 

For more info visit: Nottinghamshire Invest website 


Nottingham Trent University - Enabling Innovation 

Nottingham Trent University work with small and medium businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to offer specific subsidised business innovation support through the Enabling Innovation programme. NTU offer support to develop and commercialise your ideas, helping you to develop new and improved products and services.


Rushcliffe Retail Booster

Kerching were appointed by Rushcliffe Borough Council, to perform a retail review of the borough's key commercial centres.  The results of the review were shared with growth boards for each centre, and local retailers at workshops.

Kerching offer 12 month free membership to their learning portal: Exclusive to Rushcliffe Borough Businesses. (Usual price £49 per year)


GREAT Business Support

The GREAT Business Website brings together all Government services to business in one place - Great Business   

There is a Business Support Helpline, tel: 0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am  6.00pm) that offers free advice and guidance for new and existing businesses. Businesses can get up to an hour of free, expert advice. Great Business also provides advice over a live chat online via their website.

You can also get help via social media:

Facebook: Business is GREAT Britain

Twitter: Business GOV

Further information on business and finance support is available at Their Business finance and support finder is a free to use service to help businesses locate suitable funding.

Rushcliffe Borough Council does not endorse, promote, review, or warrant the accuracy of the schemes or information provided by external parties and no liability is accepted arising from reliance upon the information accessed via this site.