Support for Business Growth

There is a wide range of support available to businesses and communities in the Breckland area, whether you are looking for advice and guidance, or business funding through grants and loans to grow your business.

Please contact a member of the team for further information on 01362 656 234/235 or by email to  You can also visit the links below for more information on support services available.

Advice and Support


The best place to find government services and information: Business & Self Employed, Money and Tax, Employing People and Working, Jobs and Pensions are a few that may be useful. For full details please visit Gov.UK

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and New Anglia Growth Hub

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership was established by Government in 2010. They are a unique business-led collaboration between the private, public and education sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk. Their ambition is to drive economic growth and transform the local economy into a global centre for talent and innovation. Their Strategic Economic Plan sets out our aim to create 95,000 more jobs, 10,000 new businesses and 117,000 more homes by 2026. 

The New Anglia Growth Hub offers support and guidance to businesses, and those wanting to start a business throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. Bringing together a range of local and national business support from hundreds of sources, the growth hub is FREE and is there to help you find help on subjects ranging from finance to exporting, resource efficiency to contract opportunities. For further information visit New Anglia Growth Hub or contact their helpline on 0300 333 6536.

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce has provided first-class help and support to businesses throughout Norfolk since 1896. Owned and directed by its business members, the chamber supports and represents businesses of all shapes and sizes, and in all sectors. The chamber is a membership organisation that offers its members a wide range of business services, provides plenty of networking opportunities and training. It also acts as a business voice on national and local ​issues. For further information and membership details visit  Norfolk Chamber

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses aims to promote and protect the interests of small businesses across the UK and to provide a national voice on their behalf. As a membership organisation, the FSB offers information and advice, actively helping on a range of leading business services inclusive to your membership, add-on benefits with special member discounts and through lobbying Government on our members' behalf. For more information and membership details please visit FSB

Buy Local

Buy Local Norfolk is a not-for-profit 'social enterprise' which has developed a unique accreditation process for identifying businesses genuinely local to Norfolk. A membership organisation that encourages members of the public and businesses to buy goods and services locally, keeping a significantly higher proportion of money flowing within the local economy, thereby supporting local jobs, local distinctiveness and local communities in the most sustainable way possible. For further information on how you can support, and membership details, visit Buy Local

Engineering Employers Federation

The Engineering Employers Federation helps to foster enterprise and innovation, keeping businesses safe, compliant and future-focused. The work they do is designed to help manufacturing and engineering industries flourish, from providing essential business support and training, to championing the industry within government in the UK and in Europe. They offer business support services covering human resources and employment law, productivity improvement, research and intelligence, health, safety and environmental issues. For further details visit EEF

Norfolk Knowledge

Norfolk Knowledge can offer funding advice, support, training and mentoring from semi-retired and retired experienced professionals. For further details visit Norfolk Knowledge

Locate Norfolk

Information to help you better understand why Norfolk is an ideal place to locate your business. The county of Norfolk is a fast growing location, offering people a great place to live, work, visit, and providing an excellent environment for businesses to start, grow and innovate. For further information please visit Locate Norfolk

Anglia Rural Consultants

Anglia Rural Consultants is an exciting new venture which pulls together experienced independent specialists to provide advice, information and training to rural businesses. For further information please visit Anglia Rural

Entrepreneur Handbook

Entrepreneur Handbook is a free information platform and their mission is to provide the best possible content, resources and guides for entrepreneurs and small businesses. It covers many areas including starting and growing a business, sales, finance and marketing. For further details visit Entrepreneur Handbook


Growing Business Fund

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is calling for local businesses wishing to grow and create new jobs, to apply for grants through the Growing Business Fund.  The Fund is for grants between £25,000 and £500,000. For further details contact the New Anglia Growth Hub on 0300 333 6536 or email  Details on guidance can be found here  Icon for pdf GBF & SGS guidance [391.1KB] or by visiting New Anglia Growing Business Fund

Micro Grant Scheme

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Micro Grant Scheme is now open for applications, providing grants of between £1,000 - £10,000 to help businesses become more productive or efficient, or introduce new goods or services.  If you are an established and growing Micro, Small or Medium sized business and

  • • You are looking to grow and expand your business or
  • • You are planning to introduce a new product or service or
  • • You want to improve productivity or efficiency in your business

The Micro Grant Scheme could be for you. To find out further information and to check on eligibility visit Micro Grant

Leader Funding

Funding for rural businesses and organisations.  This funding is from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) delivered via Defra. The overarching aims of the programme are to:

  • Contribute towards improving the environment and the quality of life in rural areas
  • Strengthen the rural economy by helping micro and small businesses to create and sustain employment within the area
  • Improve competitiveness, particularly in the agriculture and forestry sectors

Each Local Action Group has its own specific priorities for funding.  You can access this information by visiting LAG Funding

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber; parts of the East Midlands and East of England (South East).

The Manufacturing Growth Managers will work with clients to:

  • Create plans for growth and improvements
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Provide up to 35% of the cost through a growth/improvement grant
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

Support is bespoke so the SME gets exactly the right assistance they need. Accessing the Manufacturing Growth Programme is easy and quick. For more details visit  Manufacturing Growth Programme 

NWES Future 50

Future50 is an exciting new business growth programme that's designed to recognise Norfolk and Suffolk's most innovative companies. We want to find the region's 'ones to watch' and to accelerate their growth ambitions through quality business advice, inspirational networking events that stimulate peer learning, innovative multimedia business support and access to grant funding as an investment catalyst. Future50 members will be the individuals and companies that will be creating jobs, growing at a faster rate than others and that have the drive and ambition needed to be leaders in their sector.

Funded by Round 6 of the Government's Regional Growth Fund, Future50 will be delivered across Norfolk and Suffolk by Nwes and Archant, with partners Barclays, Birketts, Lovewell Blake and UEA adding ongoing support throughout. 

To find out more go to NWES Future 50 or call Business Consultant, Richard Voisey on 07787 520845 for more information. 

BEE Anglia (Business Energy Efficiency Anglia)

BEE Anglia is a three-year programme which will provide free support to at least 1,000 SMEs across Suffolk and Norfolk to become more energy efficient. It has been developed by Suffolk County Council, Groundwork, NWES and Norfolk County Council and is part funded through the European Union European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The support programme will be divided into the following aspects:

  • Energy efficiency audit support from a Groundwork advisor
  • Accreditation to the Carbon Charter - a recognised, local standard
  • Access to grant funding for next-phase technologies

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If your organisation is interested in the service, they can register their interest at Bee Anglia or by calling 01473 350370. Their dedicated advisors will be able to answer any queries about eligibility for the programme or potential grant projects.

Finance East

Finance East is the FSE Group's regional funding organisation for the six counties of the East of England.  Finance East provides an alternative source of loan finance to support high-growth businesses based in Norfolk and those in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire. 

Companies in East Anglia that have a credible growth strategy and need finance are being encouraged by Finance East to apply for a loan via the Regional Growth Loan Scheme (RGLS). The Regional Growth Loan Scheme, which focuses more on future potential than past performance, plugs a gap for established companies that have a credible growth strategy but have not managed to raise finance to implement their plans.

Since establishment in 2009, it has supported over 100 companies through the Regional Growth Loan Scheme, agreeing more than £13m of loans and leveraging a further £27m of other finance into growth orientated SMEs. Companies supported, have created nearly 450 new jobs in the region.

The Regional Growth Loan Scheme is funded by HM Government via the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. For further details visit Finance East

Better Business Finance

Better Business Finance provides impartial information and support to business customers looking to raise finance.  It is supported by the British Bankers' Association and the banks involved are Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds and Santander.  For more information please visit  Better Business Finance

Foundation East

Foundation East is a membership organisation that operates across the East of England. The organisation provides small business loans to both start-ups and growing enterprises of up to £100,000. Unlike banks they do not use a credit scoring system to make their decision; instead, they assess the risk of lending to businesses by looking at the business plan, cash-flow projections and previous credit history and will talk to you about your plans for the future. Visit Foundation East


A £9.3million programme to unlock access to EU funding, university expertise and graduate talent is now available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the East and South East of England.

The KEEP+ programme is open to SMEs across four Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Areas, enabling those businesses to develop and launch new products and services. Funding has been provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Benefits available to local companies include being able to access expert advice, funding and support from graduates and researchers across the whole of the UK research base and to accelerate innovation projects and reduce the risks involved in new product development.

Projects supported will typically last between 3 and 12 months and will also create long- term collaborations between companies and universities, and achieve lasting impacts such as new jobs and market growth for local companies. For more information please visit  KEEP+

Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative 

The Growth Initiative, which is run by Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, including support from New Anglia LEP and Norfolk County Council, has two separate funds that are available for businesses. The first is an Agri-Tech Growth Fund, which will provide grants of between £10,000 and £150,000 to support improvements in agricultural productivity. Whilst the R&D and Prototyping Fund will provide grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 to support the development of innovative technology. For more information please visit  Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative


StartEast is a new £1.2m initiative to help creative enterprises in Norfolk and Suffolk get established and grow their business. StartEast aims to support 180 new businesses and entrepreneurs over the next three years. Advice and training on all aspects of setting up and running a creative enterprise will be on offer, delivered by cultural specialists with expert knowledge of the creative industries. Led by the New Wolsey Theatre with management support from Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council, StartEast will offer cultural SMEs and sole traders a full business support service, including:

  • 12 hours of free business support
  • Grants of between £1,000-£10,000 to eligible businesses
  • Networking opportunities, work-shops, and seminars

For more information please visit StartEast

Export and New Markets

The Department for International Trade (DTI) is the Government's main source of international trade advice.  They can provide support and advice to companies who want to grow their business overseas. Visit Department for International Trade for more information.