Am I eligible to apply?
If your business has a presence in the Gloucestershire region you will most likely be eligible to apply for the grants, training workshops and additional one-to-one support available through the latest round of the Scale Up 4 Growth (S4G) programme. The eligible areas within the Gloucestershire LEP are Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean, Stroud and the Cotswolds.
Scale Up 4 Growth is specifically aimed at small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) so your business must also fall into this category according to the European Commission's SME definition. As the funding for S4G comes through the European Regional Development Fund we use this definition which takes into account staff numbers, turnover and relationships with other enterprises.
The Scale Up 4 Growth programme is aimed at SMEs in the GFirst LEP region who can demonstrate ‘growth potential’: the potential to generate growth in job creation or turnover in order to achieve their growth ambitions. This includes support for pre-start-ups, start-ups, micro enterprises, social enterprises and sole traders as well as established companies.
Further Guidance for Applicants can be found here.
"The S4G grant has allowed us to expand our business to the next level, set up our own manufacturing locally, grow our team and own the product range even more than we already do."
James Pomphrey, 299 Lighting