West Berkshire Council

Grants and Funding for Business

Develop your ideas and help grow your business with grants and funding

Funding for Rural Businesses

Rural businesses across Berkshire can access a share of  £720,000 of funding being made available to grow companies and create jobs in rural communities.

If your company is rurally-based and requires funding to develop and grow, this rural funding could be a significant step towards achieving your plans. We are inviting applications for capital investments to create jobs and grow rural micro and small businesses in the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. Priority will be given to projects to:

  • implement new technologies
  • implement processes or equipment to improve productivity to allow farm businesses to diversify into non-agricultural activities
  • construct and develop workshops, factories and other premises
  • facilities where there is clear evidence of need and demand

There is also specific funding for businesses that will develop and grow tourism in rural areas through infrastructure, attractions, events, festivals and high quality accommodation.

More information on the funding and how to apply is available on the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP website.

Innovate UK (formerly known as Technology Strategy Board)

Offers funding, business support and networking platforms to help boost technology and innovation.  The Smart Grants programme offers up to £100,000 of co-funding for R&D projects.  Smart is aimed at SMEs with high growth and ambition.  Find out more at :Guidance for business on how to access funding through Innovate UK

Angel CoFund

The Angel CoFund makes equity investments of between £100,000 and £1 million in smaller businesses in the UK.  Their website has details on how to access this funding.

Start-Up Loans

Anybody living in the UK and who is at least 18 years old at the time of registration can apply for a Start Up Loan, even if they have already started a business. These loans are intended for start-ups, so they must not have been trading for longer than 24 months to access the loans.  Their website has registration details and further information.

Business is Great

The government's Business is Great website has a great deal of information about businesses that are looking to lend to other businesses - known as "peer to business lending" - and how to get in touch and access this funding.

The Business Exchange

The Business Exchange is about delivering opportunities to small businesses by encouraging pledges of support from big businesses.  These pledges can be offers of investment, the sharing of advice and physical assets.

Thames Valley Berkshire Commercialisation Loan Scheme, Expansion Loan Scheme and Growth Fund

New sources of funding for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Berkshire are available via the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVBLEP).

More information on these schemes is available through the FSE Group website.

Who To Contact

Advice and help to develop West Berkshire businesses

01635 519475