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Business Support Helpline

A national multi-channel support service for all businesses or aspiring business owners in England.

Their impartial expert advisers can answer any business questions to support you and your business, whether you're starting up or already a small business based in England. 

County Durham Growth Fund

A £8.9m scheme to support capital expenditure for small and medium sized businesses within County Durham planning a capital investment of at least £100,000.

Digital Drive County Durham

A digital transformation programme aiming to help businesses across County Durham do more with digital technology.

Offering a range of masterclasses, digital health checks, one-to-one support and grant funding. The programme is delivered on behalf of Business Durham and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Digital Knowledge Exchange

A digital support programme for small & medium sized businesses based in the Leeds City Region that are looking to do more with digital technology.

Offering access to knowledge, expertise and advice on digital and technology solutions, delivered via a range of workshops, digital audits, mentoring and technology focused conferences.

Durham Ambitious Business Starts

Helping launch successful new businesses in County Durham.

DABS is an ERDF-funded programme that helps high-quality start-ups in County Durham start trading and offers premium quality support to those who have started up in business in the last 12 months.

East London Meet the Buyer

East London Meet the Buyer (formally Royal Docks Business Meet the Buyer) gives local SMEs an amazing opportunity to connect directly with major buyers in the area.

Supply chain professionals with active projects can meet with suppliers matching their requirements efficiently in one place and avoid months of scheduling and travel.

Go Further Index

The Go Further Investment campaign is an opportunity to engage, showcase and celebrate progressive businesses who are pushing through and achieving their aspirations through access to investment, impactful collaborations, and the foresight to inform and respond to the changing world around them.

London Stansted Airport Meet the Buyers

The event provides a unique and cost-effective method of presenting products and services directly to major 1st tier contractors who form part of the airport's supply chain. 

With over 35 buyers participating on average, attendees can have pre-booked appointments with up to 10 buyers, all in a single day. 

Manchester Meet the Buyer

Manchester Airport Meet the Buyers gives Greater Manchester businesses an amazing opportunity to connect directly with major buyers in the area, removing the need for endless cold calls, email chasing, and speculative meetings.

META Games Industry Index

The UK games sector is winning! Much of its success is down to the small and medium businesses that are shaping its future.

These businesses often go unnoticed and the META Games Index aims to engage and showcase those who are contributing to the success of the sector.

North of Tyne Growth Fund

A £4.6m scheme to support capital expenditure for small and medium sized businesses planning a capital investment of at least £67,000 in Newcastle, North Tyneside or Northumberland.

The Fund will also attract £10.5m of private sector investment and aim to create a minimum of 252 new jobs in the area.

Northern Accelerator

Northern Accelerator

Northern Accelerator, currently funded through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund have a mission to translate world-leading research into innovative spin-out businesses. It currently consists of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Teesside and York universities. 

Northern Powerhouse Export Awards

The UMi Northern Powerhouse Export Awards accelerates and inspires businesses of all shapes and sizes to do more and go further on their exporting journeys.

The awards will crown ten category winners and one overall Exporter of the Year. Alongside, will run an export campaign offering national exposure through a mix of inspirational interviews, actionable advice, informative roundtables and will culminate in an interactive digital publication.

Scottish Export Index

Now more than ever is a time for Scotland to continue to celebrate its export successes.

As well as enhancing profile and PR coverage across the UK, the campaign will end with a celebration of success, a showcase of what’s been achieved and giving recognition to outstanding export businesses.

Social Entrepreneur Index

The UK Social Entrepreneur Index is a celebration of entrepreneurs running businesses with social purposes, with the aim of providing recognition whilst also acting as a benchmark for good practice to inspire the next generation.

Tees Valley Business Summit

An event which sees more than 800 visitors it's packed with a variety of local businesses showcasing their products, services and support.

It provided a valuable networking opportunity, with more than 90 exhibitors and a 15 seminar sessions.

The Growth Fund

A £4.5m programme of investment, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The scheme can provide grant funding to eligible, small and medium sized businesses planning a capital investment project of at least £67,000 in Gateshead, South Tyneside or Sunderland.

UMi Debt Finance Scotland

A scheme providing loan capital to small and medium sized businesses across Scotland.

The £12m fund helps accelerate the growth of businesses in Scotland, complementing other private and public sector forms of funding.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

A £1m fund for West Yorkshire businesses, the energy price emergency grant scheme offers 50% funding up to £5,000. This financial support can be used to buy a more efficient boiler or install new low-energy lighting, for example.

Zero Waste Scotland

UMi is a Grant Management Partner for Zero Waste Scotland, supporting them in delivering grant programmes to Scottish businesses that help support Scotland’s resource efficiency and circular economy.