Funding for businesses

Grants, loans and equity funding may be available to anyone from a sole trader to a large organisation, whether you want to start up or expand your business, invest in R&D or build overseas trade, or if you’re in a rural area. Yorkshire Forward administers several awards schemes on behalf of funders such as HM Government and the European Commission. Further information on additional programmes can be found in the Finance & Grants section of the Business Link Yorkshire website.

Transition loan fund

Transition loan fund

The Transition Loan Fund complements our existing Access to Finance provision. It enables viable SMEs to survive through the economic downturn, safeguard jobs and be in a better financial position once the economy begins to grow again. More

Sources of equity funding for your business

Sources of equity funding for your business

Here’s a great place to start if you’re looking for equity funding to get your business off the ground, or to help it grow. If you’re interested in exchanging a share of your business for capital investment, we can put you in touch with investors. More

Accessing loan funding for your business

Accessing loan funding for your business

We provide access to a range of financial loans for entrepreneurs and existing organisations, helping to get great ideas off the ground and to fund growth. More

Sources of R&D funding for your business

Sources of R&D funding for your business

On behalf of the DTI and Europe, we award R&D grants from £20,000 to £2m to individuals, SMEs and large organisations, to promote technological innovation in our region. More

Accessing funding for rural businesses

Accessing funding for rural businesses

Existing businesses and new start-ups in rural areas may be able to access EU funding through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). More

Accessing GBI funding for your business

Accessing GBI funding for your business

We award Grants for Business Investment (GBI) to businesses in ‘assisted areas’ where they will stimulate regional development, urban regeneration or an improvement in employment prospects. More

Funding for going greener

Funding for going greener

Businesses and public-sector organisations wanting to invest in greener technologies and practices could be eligible for grants, interest-free loans and tax breaks. Find out more… More

Our Corporate Plan
Find out about our Corporate Plan and how it helps us contribute to achieving the regional economic strategy. GO!
The Regional Economic Model
We’ve developed an econometric model which forecasts regional growth & decline over the next 10 years. GO!