Business Support

Support Available

Visit the Invest in Harborough for an overview of the support available.


Harborough Innovation Centre

The Harborough Innovation Centre is a hub for business growth and innovation. With a varied range of office space, drop-in rooms and business support, the Harborough Innovation Centre is the place to start or expand your business. Business advisers are on site the last Tuesday of each month, offering meetings to all businesses in the Harborough district. Email to find out more or book. 


Business Gateway Growth Hub

Grow your business with expert advice, support programmes, finance opportunities and free workshops from the business gateway growth hub.

Whether you have just started your business or have been trading for a while, you can access free and impartial information on the business support available across Leicester and Leicestershire, all in one place.

The business support landscape can be confusing as programmes and offers change regularly. This saves you time by simplifying the process and referring you to the most appropriate support for your business. The expert advisers open the doors to industry contacts and the support programmes available.

Get in touch today and discover the support available to grow your business:



Looking to start your own business? NBV can help you transform your idea into a business with a free package of training and mentoring available. Find out more and book your space here.


Princes Trust

The Prince's Trust works with 18 to 30-year-olds living in the UK to turn big ideas into a reality. Their Enterprise programme offers free training, mentoring and resources. 


Digital Boost

Free digital advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus, provided by expert volunteers. They can help you with social media, websites, branding, marketing and more. 


Digital Upscaler

Are you a high growth business looking to invest in new technologies to propel your business? Is your business facing barriers to growth due to a lack of understanding of new technologies? If so then the Digital Upscaler project is perfect for you.

The project support consists of:

  • Intensive one-to-one digital adviser support
  • Funded diagnostic consultancy and support to implement new technology
  • Digital strategy programme and Technology Forums
  • Capital technology grants of between £10,000 - £50,000


Energy for Business

The University of Nottingham's Energy Innovation and Collaboration team can deliver funded support to businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Leicestershire.

Businesses may be able to access funded support through the Energy for Business. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, this low-carbon innovation project offers:

  • Specialist consultancy from world-class academics
  • Events and workshops
  • Student placements and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • A capital grant for business growth
  • Access to outstanding facilities and expertise


Manufacturing Growth Programme

This funded growth programme provides free advice and support to SME manufacturing businesses looking to grow and can help secure funding.


Export Readiness

It can be hard to know where to start if you’re new to exporting. And even if you export regularly, there’s always more to know. Get exporting guidance for your experience level.


The Business Support Directory

The Business Support Directory simplifies the search for business support across Leicester and Leicestershire. It creates connections between a business seeking support and available expertise, information, advice and funding.


Can't find what you are looking for? Email to see if we can help. For business updates follow us on twitter, LinkedIn and sign up to our business newsletter.