Widen your horizons with EU funding

Fiona Castela from Enterprise Europe Network North West discusses the funding opportunities that can help SMEs grow.

Here in Lancashire, there is more help at hand for SMEs to achieve that growth than many may think. The EU has a number of funding programmes available to Lancashire businesses, providing the capital needed to put expansion plans into action.

The funding pot is designed to help technology projects that are currently in development to get the boost they need to make it to market. Providing the finance required to help SMEs to drive their ideas to the next level, the funding is focused on generating opportunities for emerging technologies and maximising their commercial value.

However, while lending levels to SMEs has improved, it is still not an easy option and bringing in a venture capitalist may bring a financial boost to a development project but will also have a financial impact on the long-term revenues it can generate.

When it comes to Horizon 2020 funding, a grant could be used to invest in a product currently in development or to apply a company’s existing technology to a new sector or market, enabling them to diversify. EENW can help companies explore their ideas, identify funding and link up with European partners: Lancashire SMEs need to be more proactive in accessing that help on their doorstep to open new doors to growth.

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