Business Support

Grants and Funding

Additional funding due to Omicron 

The Government announced on 21 December that additional funding support will be avaialble to the hospitality and leisure sector due to the impact of the Omicron variant. The Council awaits the detail and full guidance from central government. This page will be updated once this has happened and the grants are activated.  

Find more details here.  

Shop Front Improvement Grant 

Grants to support landlords and tenants with shop front makeovers and improvements in primary shopping areas across the district. 

Business Start-up Programme

Pre-Start up and start-up businesses in the Harborough District can benefit from a programme offering business advice and support to help them launch and grow. The support will be a mix of 1-2-1 support, workshops and Business Accelerator programmes. This support is available to businesses who are looking to start up in the near future, or those who have been set up less than 36 months. 

There is also a grant fund available to those businesses who have gone through the programme and are identified as having growth potential. 

The programme is available now and will finish no later than March 2022.

Harborough District Council are partnering with the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to deliver this initiative. 


The Council has subscribed to a user-friendly, accurate and professional funding tool which has helped businesses to facilitate the securing of thousands of pounds’ worth of support.

For more information, please email our Grants & Funding Officer, Jaswinder Powar at

COVID-19 Business Grants

The Councils intention is for the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG), to act as a catalyst to boost recovery, growth, and innovation for local businesses with or without commercial premises, through the three new schemes. ARG will continue to support businesses that are severely impacted by the extended restrictions, (including businesses listed in the Government guidance), businesses that have not received any Covid-19 grants, and businesses that remain closed, although the hope is that the main emphasis will be to encourage businesses to look to the future and ‘build back better’, in an innovative, greener, and more digitally connected manner. Closing date: Friday 28 January 2022

Harborough District Apprenticeship Grants

Grants of up to £750 are being made available by the Harborough District Council to promote apprenticeships and what they can offer businesses.

Business Growth Grant

If your business needs finance to expand, the Business Growth Grant is now available. This grant, provided by the Business Gateway Growth Hub, is available to existing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Leicester and Leicestershire. Grants from £2,000 up to £25,000* are available providing 35% towards the cost of capital projects (e.g. new machinery, tools, premises improvement or expansion, computer hardware).

Technology Grant 

The Digital Growth Programme grant scheme provides financial support with the introduction of new systems and software to improve business performance and productivity. Grants from £2000 to £25,000 are available.

Digital Upscaler Grant

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. Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 are available.

Green BELLE Grant

Green BELLE supports SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and lower their carbon emissions. Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The £67m scheme is a government led initiative intended to help create a full fibre Britain. It is primarily aimed at SMEs who can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of the connection to a gigabit (1Gbps) broadband network either individually of as part of a group project. Download voucher scheme details [PDF]

Invest to Grow

The University of Derby's Invest to Grow programme provides grants and loans of between £15,000 and £250,000 to support private-sector businesses across the East Midlands to innovate, grow and create jobs.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

This funded growth programme can provide free advice, support and help to source potential grants to help manufacturing businesses grow.

LLEP Growing Places Fund

The Government’s £730 million Growing Places Fund loan scheme supports key infrastructure projects designed to unlock wider economic growth, create jobs and build houses.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK aims to accelerate growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Grant funding competitions are open which can help you develop an idea and make it successful.

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: for research and innovation

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. This is part of government’s £4.7 billion investment in R&D over 4 years.

Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF)

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund aims to transform the finance landscape for smaller businesses in the Midlands and to realise the region’s potential to achieve economic growth through enterprise.



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