The Business Growth Programme (BGP) is a £33m business support
programme targeted at existing B2B* SMEs ready to invest, grow and create jobs
across the Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent &
Staffordshire and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership areas.
Managed by Birmingham City Council and part-funded by the
European Regional Development Fund, BGP consists of 4 strands of grant support:
The HS2 Supply Chain
Programme – offers grants of £20k - £167k towards towards project costs for
companies to realise their current growth plans, in order for them to take
advantage of future HS2 business opportunities.
The Green Bridge
Supply Chain Programme – offers grants of £20k - £150k towards project costs
for supply chain companies operating
in, or expanding into the green economy, demonstrating quantifiable green
benefit (i.e. energy efficiency, waste management, recycling and renewables).
Innovation Programme – offers grants of £10k - £30k towards project costs
for SMEs investing in innovative close-to-market processes, products and
Development Programme – offers grants of £10k - £20k towards project costs
for businesses looking to expand, relocate and improve access to markets.
The programme launched in July 2016 and is scheduled to
close in December 2018, subject to availability of grant funding.
* Business to Consumer/Retail business cannot account for more than 20% of turnover