Financial Support

As and When New Initiatives Are Launched – We Will Update This Page

InvestSefton Growth Hub is part of the City Region Growth Platform.  If you would like to know more about any of the funding streams listed below, please ring us and we can provide  you with more information.



Clean Growth UK

Helping businesses develop, fund, test and commercialise clean and green innovation.

Creative Enterprise Business Planning Support

Supporting companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. 

It is for registered sole traders and SMEs working in moving image and storytelling.

ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom

Supporting and funding to commercialise space technology.

Who’s it for

UK firms with a demonstrable space connection

Businesses seeking to commercialise space tech

Future Innovation Fund

£3m pilot programme established to support Liverpool City Region who can demonstrate a viable project plan, value for money and a clear need for grant funding.

Internationalisation Fund

Fund for small businesses which will help up to 7,600 SMEs in England to grow their overseas trading and strengthen their business.

Who’s it for

International High Growth Potential with prospects of employment growth or productivity improvement.

A product or service suitable for international trade, or which could be developed for international trade and see international trade as a path for growth.

£500,000+ sales/turnover desirable (but those with lower sales/turnover are eligible)

LJMU Graduate Futures

Provides practical, financial and developmental support through which SMEs can capitalise on the skills and knowledge that degree-level talent that can bring to bear on business challenges.

Manufacturing Growth Fund

A grant fund for SME manufacturers which provides impartial manufacturing advice.  This grant fund is for SMEs that can part fund growth projects

New Markets 2 ERDF: Growth Platform

Eligible businesses can receive a 35% to the cost of commercial advice.  For SMEs with less than 250 employees and turnover less than £50m.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)

Funding to start up, scale up or stay ahead in the North of England

  • for North West entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs
  • Businesses with growth plans that need funding

Skills Brokerage Service

Providing advice and guidance to employers that can help them develop their workforce and funding of up to 70% towards the cost of training

STFC Cern Business Incubation Centre

Support and funding to commercialise high energy technologies

For UK firms with a high energy connection

businesses commercialising high energy connection

Notices to Exporters

The Department for International Trade’s Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has issued two Notices to Exporters concerning the impact on training and licensing activities. For general export control queries please contact ECJU’s Helpline on 020 7215 4594 or email

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