Cheshire & Warrington Access to Finance & Grant Programme

Grants of £ 1,000 to £10,000 available to help grow your business

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Cheshire West & Chester Council & Warrington & Co, the C&W Access to Finance & Grant Programme will provide information, advice & signposting to those SMEs looking to raise significant investment in their business to support their growth plans. The programme provides a range of services to SME across Cheshire & Warrington including.

  • A programme of Access to Finance seminars and workshops
  • 1-2-1 financial & business planning consultancy for small businesses seeking advice and guidance to support an application for financial investment (approx. 2 days) e.g. Business loan application, British Business Bank/Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund application, R&D Tax credit claim, etc.
  • A financial grant towards the implementation of a consultancy project which will facilitate growth and employment within the business
Access to Finance Grant

Alongside our workshop & one-to-one support services the project can provide SMEs with access to grants of between £1,000 – £10,000 towards consultancy projects which will help to unlock their potential and grow their business.

Please Note – Project value should be between £5,000 and £20,000 projects and typically grants will be between £3,000 – £7,000. Some projects outside this range can be accommodated in some circumstances .

Small or Medium sized enterprise (SMEs) headquartered or with premises & employees within Cheshire & Warrington, with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than £45.1m or balance sheet of less than £38.8m.

If you are based in one of the following sectors, you will not be eligible for this particular grant:

  • Finance or Legal
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Forestry or Fishing
  • Primary production e.g. Mining.
  • Retail
  • Hospitality

Examples of the support that can be provided includes:

Developing an Investment case to secure Financing
Marketing & Sales Strategies
Leadership & Management Development
ERP/CRM system Design & Integration



Branding & Design
Product Development
Business Process Change
Software Integration Consultancy

Opportunities for suppliers to tender to deliver services to successful SME grant applicants are also advertised through the Blue Orchid website

If you are interested in tendering to provide services to those Cheshire & Warrington SMEs that are applying for grant be sure to bookmark and regularly visit the Tender Opportunity webpage here

Contact Blue Orchid on 01606 539 119 to discuss the Access to Finance & SME Growth Grant programme

Please note grant fund allocations for each Local Authority area are set on a quarterly basis. If when you apply the funding for your area has been allocated we may not be able to process your application until the following quarter.

The grants offered within this programme are to support growing SMEs in implementing projects within their business which will increase their growth. As this programme is aimed at high growth SMEs it is highly unlikely that any business applying for any Covid Recovery support would be eligible for this programme. 

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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