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Collaboration 4 Growth

Collaboration 4 Growth is a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund and runs until 30th June 2023.

We are working in partnership with the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce to provide business support and grants to new and existing SME businesses who trade on a B2B (business to business) basis. Businesses operating solely on a B2C (business to consumer) basis are ineligible to receive support from the project. Eligible businesses can receive up to 12 hours of support or a grant to enable the growth and diversification of the enterprise.

Let's Talk Business Growth Conference 

Collaboration 4 Growth has recently organised a successful ‘Let’s Talk Business Growth’ Conference in partnership with Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. The conference focussed on Sustainability, Leadership and Investment with guest speaker Ollie Ollerton!

Many SME’s in Lincoln, North Kesteven, and West Lindsey attended the event and had the opportunity to gather useful intel from a panel of experts. The conference helped provide invaluable information and support to local businesses, allowing them to network and grow. 

To find out more and see what other's have said about the conference, click here

What can Collaboration 4 Growth offer your business?

Eligible projects

  • Micro, small, and medium-sized businesses (with less than 250 employees) trading on a B2B basis
  • Within the administrative boundaries of North Kesteven District Council, West Lindsey District Council, and the City of Lincoln Council
  • Purchase of advance technology to improve businesses
  • Purchase of specialist consultancy support
  • Support the business to develop processes, systems and accreditations
  • Purchase of certain types of office equipment and machinery

Ineligible projects

  • Ongoing business costs (overheads, business rates)
  • Vehicles and other mobile infrastructures
  • Salaries and travel costs
  • Businesses trading on a B2C basis


*Please note that the above lists are only examples and other restrictions also apply. This list is not exhaustive.

Grant Scheme

Our grant scheme is open and should you meet the criteria you are encouraged to complete an EOI (Expression of Interest) form from this page. 

The grant scheme has been able to offer revenue and capital grants between £2,000 and £7,000 supporting anything from upgrading equipment to expand your business to search engine optimisation to promote a newly designed website. The grants provide 60% of the total project cost. Successful applicants will be required to pay for the full cost of the project upfront and reclaim from Lincoln BIG.  It is therefore imperative that applicants have the funds to cover the cost before submitting the application.

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Business Advice and Workshops

Through C4G, businesses can access 12 hours of free business support usually in the form of workshops delivered by Lincoln BIG or Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. Previous topics have included Social Media, Well-Being, PR, Marketing, Leadership and Management. 

Information on the free events organised by Lincoln BIG for eligible businesses are available from here. In addition, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce organises a range of free Collaboration 4 Growth events for eligible businesses, and more information is available here

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Find out more

Please get in touch to discuss your business needs and ambitions. You can contact a member of the team by calling Yvette Hall on 07584 688 057 or Sue Bell on 07879 813 725, alternatively please get in touch via email.

Grant applicants will be asked to provide three quotes in relation to the proposed expenditure as well as other supporting documentation which will be assessed prior to consideration by the grants panel. The panel will discuss all applications and decide which businesses will be supported according to funds available and outputs delivered.

Upcoming FREE workshops:

Social Media 101

Thursday 15th September 2022: 10:00 - 16:00

Think Tank, Lincoln, LN6 7FL

This workshop, presented by Debbie Clarke of Debbie-dooo-dah will cover: 

  • Creating your brand, USP and mapping out your ideal customer
     
  • The importance of creating content
     
  • Getting started with an email marketing strategy
     
  • Telling your story and engaging customers on social media
     
  • Effective use of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin
     
  • Advertising on social media
     
  • How to monitor your efforts and the best tools to do this-social media analytics & google analytics.

A FREE lunch will be provided at the workshop.

To book your place, click here


Self-Care & Compassion Workshop

Wednesday 21st September 2022: 09:30 - 13:30

Lincoln Golf Centre, Lincoln, LN6 9BW

This workshop, delivered by John Armitage (founder of Natural Health) will cover the science supporting the importance of 'soft-skills' in the workplace and introduce practical, mindfulness-based approaches to developing compassion for ourselves and others, using a blend of simple practice, questions, and a little positive psychology. 

Questions and topics include:    

  • What is our greatest resource? 
     
  • How do we reduce the impact of our 'inner critic' and its tendency to catastrophise? 
     
  • What are simple self-care strategies?  
     
  • What is the value of compassion and how do we incorporate it into our lives?  

A FREE Breakfast will be provided at the workshop. Places are limited, please book early to avoid dissapointment.

To book your place, click here


Mailchimp Email Marketing Workshop

Wednesday 2nd November 2022: 10:00 - 16:00

Think Tank, Lincoln, LN6 7FL

This workshop, delivered by marketing mentor Beryl Pettitt of Ridgeway Marketing, will be aimed at beginners. The workshop will focus on the features available in the free version of Mailchimp. You will create your own email marketing campaign with Mailchimp on the day, then practice sending it out, and understanding Mailchimp analytics. 

Other topics include:    

  • Building your mailing list and importing it into Mailchimp
     
  • GDPR and permission-based emails
     
  • Using templates and adding content to them
     
  • Personalising your emails
     
  • Measuring the results and following up
     
  • Improving open rates and click throughs
     
  • Using tags to manage your list
     
  • Create your own email marketing campaigns with Mailchimp

A FREE lunch will be provided at the workshop. Places are limited, please book early to avoid dissapointment.

To book your place, click here

In addition, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce organises a range of free Collaboration 4 Growth events for eligible businesses, and more information is available here

Eligible businesses will be required to complete an enrolment form, and those interested in applying for a grant will be required to complete an Expression of Interest form.


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