Support & Advice


Whether you would like to start your own business or grow an existing business there is a wealth of support and advice available in the region. Here are some useful links to guide you in the right direction.

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Business Support

gbslep Birmingham City Council - Corporate Procurement Services Helpdesk Doing business with the council
gbslep Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Business Support Programmes Find out more
birmingham chamber Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Business Support Find out more

Access to Finance

The new £33 million Business Growth Programme (BGP) 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.

There are currently four grants available:
green bridge
Green Bridge Supply Chain Programme Offers grant support of £20,000 to £150,000 onwards
business development
The Business Development Programme Capital and revenue grants of £10,000 to £20,000
hs2
HS2 Supply Chain Programme Capital and revenue grants are available of £20,000 to £200,000
business innovation
Business Innovation Programme Capital and revenue grants are available of £10,000 to £30,000
Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Gov.uk
Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Funding and Finance Support
Gov.uk Finance and support for your business

Starting a Business and Growth

gbslep
birmingham chamber
Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Starting your business advice and information
Aston University Develop your business with the Aston Centre for Growth

Employment & Skills

gbslep Birmingham City Council Employment Access Team: Support for Employers
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Exporting

birmingham chamber Department for International Trade Explore the potential of exporting, guidance, services and support

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Environmental Support

birmingham chamber Carbon Trust Speciailist support saving energy and cutting carbon emissions
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Social Enterprise Support

Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Gov.uk
Birmingham & Solihull Social Economy Consortium A network of agencies and enterprises that supports social enterprise in Birmingham and Solihull.
Social Enterprise UK The largest network of social enterprises in the UK