Start and Grow Programme

Looking for finance and support for your start up or micro-business? The Start and Grow Programme could help

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) Growth Hub is rolling out the new, intensive programme of structured business support and grants, which is funded by the government's Community Renewal Fund (CRF) and Local Authority partners.

If you are an entrepreneur considering starting a business; or have already started, but been trading for less than 3 years with 3 or less staff, and are based in Fenland, Peterborough or Huntingdonshire local authority areas, you could be eligible for grant funding and strategic business support through the Start and Grow Programme.

The programme is available now at no cost to you. The support available is free and grant funding does not have to be paid back.

What's available

For entrepreneurs, we will help you develop your business plans to provide you with the best chance to qualify for a CRF start-up grant.

For existing businesses, we will equip you with leadership and business planning skills to expand into new markets, create more jobs, increase profitability and productivity. Your new business planning skills will optimise your opportunity to gain a CRF grant, providing the financial support for your business growth.

Register your interest

The support will mean your business is more likely to survive and thrive, through a combination of skills development, business planning and access to the CRF grant provision.

At this stage we are asking entrepreneurs and businesses to express their interest in getting this support. You can register your interest on the CPCA Growth Hub website, after which one of their business advisors will contact you to discuss your needs and answer any questions you may have.

Act now to maximise your chance for support since there is only a finite grant pot which will be available for six months (ending June 2022).

About the Community Renewal Fund

The Start and Grow Programme is funded through the Government's Community Renewal Fund, focussed on regenerating communities and enabling more people to benefit from economic growth through investment in skills, enterprise and employment.

The Combined Authority and its partners received funding from the CRF for this new business support and grant programme, which will be delivered across Fenland, Peterborough and Huntingdonshire local authority areas. It will equip new and existing enterprises with the business skills they need for sustainable growth and creating new jobs. The project is supported by and run in partnership with Fenland District Council, Peterborough City Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.

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