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Collaboration 4 Growth

Collaboration 4 Growth offers a grant scheme and business support for micro, small, or medium size businesses in Lincoln, North Kesteven, and West Lindsey.

  • 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 to new and existing SME businesses who trade on a business to business basis. Businesses operating solely on a business to consumer basis are ineligible to receive support from this project. Eligible businesses can receive up to 12 hours support or a grant to support the growth and diversification of the enterprise.

What can the Collaboration 4 Growth offer your business?

Grant Scheme

Our grant scheme is open, however funds are limited and should you meet the criteria you are encouraged to complete an 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 activities such as the creation or implementation of new systems and purchasing new equipment. The grant scheme has proved to be very popular and this may mean you are not awarded the full amount requested in your application.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to pay for the full cost of the project upfront and reclaim this from Lincoln BIG. It is therefore imperative that applicants have the funds to cover the costs before submitting an application.

Business Support and Advice

Businesses can access 12 hours free business advice with one to one or one to many support in the form of workshops/networking opportunities. Businesses are entitled to receive a grant OR 12 hours free business advice. If there is specific support you would like to receive, please get in touch to discuss the needs of your business. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible projects

  • Micro, small, and medium sized businesses (with less than 250 employees) trading on a business to business 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.

Ineligible projects

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

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

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 

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. 

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. 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.