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Innovation Vouchers

Innovation VouchersAn Innovation Voucher gives you up to £5,000 to work with an external expert for the first time. It allows you to gain new knowledge to help your business innovate, develop and grow.

That expert help could be advice on a novel idea, on using design within your business or on how to make the most of intellectual property (IP).

The national Innovation Voucher scheme gives you access to a wide range of expert suppliers. They include universities, further education colleges, research and technology organisations, Catapult centres and technical, design and IP consultancies. For instance, is an excellent source of advice on university research equipment.

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Small Business Growth Vouchers

Small Business Growth Vouchers cover half the cost of getting professional advice. The eligibility has now been widened so don’t miss out. Click here to check your eligibility.

  • Growth Vouchers is a government scheme to help businesses get strategic business advice.

  • Businesses can get a grant of up to £2,000 towards the cost of this advice.

  • It will take you only a few minutes to register.

The vouchers can be used for strategic business advice in areas from finance and cash flow to management skills to even making the most of digital technology.

A Two Minute Survey

We have had a request from help from a university student that is quite simply 6 tick boxes and will therefore take you moments.

Eric is focusing his Honours project on how social media affects businesses and would be grateful if you could complete his survey.

Tax Reliefs Available for Businesses

Tax reliefs can help businesses save money

Do you know that there are a range of tax reliefs/allowances that you may be able to claim that could help save your business money?

Whether you are thinking of investing or buying assets for your business, or simply thinking of employing someone, there may be a tax relief or allowance that you are entitled to.

See what reliefs/allowances you or your business could benefit from and whether you can claim by checking out the information on the BIS GREAT  website.

Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK - 2014 Round Open

Sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and administered by Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK identifies and celebrates business ability by recognising an exceptional disabled entrepreneur.

The competition is open to disabled entrepreneurs on the management board, and with ownership, of any business in the UK. Eligible businesses must have an annual turnover above £10,000 and have been trading for between two and five years.

The Award carries a prize of £50,000.

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