Finance for Growth

The business world continually changes and, whilst business owners work hard on daily management, they don’t always have the time to address the key essentials of growth such as business planning, developing strategy or even getting to grips with basic accounts and forecasting. We recognise the barriers our local SMEs face around finance, and we are here to help.

Running until May 2021, the Finance for Growth scheme will deliver an intensive programme of support for SMEs in the Humber region, enabling businesses to become investment ready and access the opportunities for growth afforded by the right package of finance.


One-to-One advice

The scheme can provide specialist/experienced financial advice in relation to company growth plans.

Our advisors will also be able to signpost you to other solutions and relevant support programmes as appropriate.

Our advisors can support you through many aspects such as:

  • Addressing the key issues preventing your business from accessing finance, such as ineffectual business planning and a lack of in-depth management information.
  • Assisting you to understand what lenders/investors are looking for as an investment opportunity.
  • Helping you to understand the financial landscape and negotiate the financial options, products and support available.


Identified through your one-to-one support from our advisors, you may be able to access our small grants scheme. Please note that these grants are discretionary, and applications will be assessed as part of a competitive process and therefore are not guaranteed.

Alternatively, your advisor will be able to signpost you to other solutions and relevant support programmes as appropriate.

FREE workshops, masterclasses & events

We provide a series of workshops, masterclasses and briefing programmes (e.g. employment law, how to bid for public sector contracts) to raise financial awareness and will signpost beneficiaries to other appropriate sources of help and support, both financial and non-financial.

Finance for Growth FREE workshops, masterclasses & events

Help gear your business up for investment with workshops relating to all things finance.


The types of workshops on offer include:

An extensive workshop and masterclass programme to cover key areas of business finance will be held at venues across the Humber area. The range of specialist workshops will include:

  • Understanding accounts
  • Business dashboards
  • Business planning for investment
  • Equity finance
  • Understanding cash flow
  • Understanding the investment process

We’ve made it simple to access

We’ve already helped a number of businesses on their way to success and want to make it as simple as possible for you to access support too. If you’re interested in attending a bespoke one-to-one session, taking part in one of our workshops or finding out whether you’re eligible for a business grant, just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1.
You’ve found the scheme

Now that you’ve found the scheme that’s right for you, all you need to do is complete the online form to register your interest.

Step 2.
Are you eligible?

95% of SMEs in the Humber region may be eligible to access support. If you’re a business with under 250 full-time equivalent employees you should fit the bill.

Step 3.
Register your interest

Simply complete an Expression of Interest and we’ll check your eligibility for you. One of our advisors will then be in touch to find out how we can help.


Is your business eligible?

As a minimum, your business must:

  • Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m

If eligible, SMEs will be able to apply for all aspects of the #GrowMySME programme.

Region map

Looking for support to grow your business? We can help.

The Humber is experiencing an economic, social, cultural and infrastructural renaissance, and The Humber Business Growth Hub, a major initiative of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is playing a key role in giving businesses in the Humber region a platform to prosper.

The #GrowMySME Programme delivers products of the Humber Business Growth Hub and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020 Programme to enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow. Whether you need answers on future funding, guidance on ICT-led development or support in any other aspect of growing your business, accessing the #GrowMySME Programme will be the best thing you’ll ever do for your business.

With three exciting schemes, the #GrowMySME Programme offers your business access to specialist one-to-one advice and support, a varied workshop and masterclass series delivered by experts in their field, and grant schemes that will help you to unlock key business growth activities.

Register your interest

Express an interest via our simple online form, and wait for your repsonse.


Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Growth

With support around making the most of your ICT and how to unlock funding, we can help you prepare your business for a digital future.


Business Growth Scheme

Accelerate your business growth plans with the help of a bespoke business support package led by an experienced business advisor and tailored to drive you towards your growth objectives.


Want to find out more or chat about how we can help?

To find out more about the range of services, events and grants that the programme offers, complete an expression of interest form or give us a call.

Finance for Growth, ICT for Growth and the Business Growth Scheme are supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme. These schemes are delivered by Humber Business Growth Hub and Hull City Council, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and e-factor Group Ltd.