Explore Other Services

There is a wealth of support that we can refer businesses to, to help them thrive and grow.  If you would like to know more about any of the programmes listed below, please contact us and we will provide more information.

Be the Business Advisory Board Programme

This is a 12 month course, during which you can access invaluable non-executive director style support from a group of experienced business people made up of family business leaders and senior managers from larger businesses with specialisms such as finance, marketing, operations or HR.

Who is the programme for?
Leaders of businesses in the North West with between 10 and 250 employees who are majority owned by family members.


Build a Better business for Manufacturers

Businesses will receive support over a 12 month period, beginning with a diagnostic selection, followed by workshops that cover each course module.

Who’s it for?

  • Minimum of 10 employees
  • A turnover of £1million – £20m million
  • An objective to grow turnover by 20% year on year
  • Commitment to invest time and resources to the whole programme


Business Growth Programme

Fully funded business support available.

The Business Growth Programme is a Liverpool City Region business support project designed to build confidence and capacity in local SMEs by providing direct advice, guidance and information to provide a clear route to growth and sustainability. Dedicated face to face interaction coupled with a range of complementary support, will help businesses to begin the journey to growth.

What support is available?

We offer fully-funded dedicated face to face guidance to help you develop your business. Our advice is impartial, confidential and tailored to meet your needs, in areas such as:

  • Business Development
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • International Trade
  • Operational Review
  • Sales & Marketing

Eligibility for support:

If your business is based in the Liverpool City Region, trading already and employs less than 250 people, you could access this free support which includes a full business diagnostic and action plan.

The Business Growth Programme is not sector specific and is open to supporting SMEs in the city region who has previously been reluctant seek business support.

Business Resilience Programme

A series of workshops for regional businesses providing them with the knowledge, insight and tools they need to stabilise and grow.

The programme is for business based in the Liverpool City Region, who employ between 5 and 250 people and have a turnover of c£500,000 – £30million a year.


Clean Growth UK Fast Track

A 90-day competitive programme that combines university R&D support with the key ingredients to making new ideas commercially successful.

This programme is for ambitious businesses with a high positive environmental impact.


Digital Skills for the Workplace

Flexible hands-on courses of up to 16 weeks in duration which are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

It is for adults ages 19 and over either in work, looking for work or returning to the workforce.

Enterprise Hub

Supporting Liverpool City Region businesses from pre-start to year three.

Who’s it for

  • Startup business in the Liverpool City Region
  • People thinking of starting a business


Export Support Service

The Export Support Service is a  helpline and online service where all UK businesses can get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe.

The service is a ‘one-stop shop’ and brings together UK government information, making it easier for exporters to access advice and support.


Formulated Materials for Infection Disease Prevention

Technical expertise to eligible companies with technology or products that may have an application in relation to and/or hygiene.

Who’s it for

Companies with technology or products that may have an application in relation to infection and/or hygiene



Gather is the business scale-up programme for digital, creative, tech and tech-enabled businesses in the Liverpool City Region. Gather will create a thriving and highly connected ecosystem that benefits everyone who works and plays in this sector through a suite of events, activities, and two business support programmes:


For businesses with 5+ employees. Shift is a 4-6 week fully-funded cohort programme. Designed to help leaders generate a realistic and in-depth overview of their business enabling them to solve scaling challenges in a shared environment. 


Beyond is a 6-month premium programme for ambitious leaders. Aimed at the highest potential companies who want to build authentic community across the sector and unlock growth in their business.  For businesses with 10+ employees.

Gather will be delivered by Form, a growth consultancy for creative and tech companies.

Growth Catalyst

A 7 month leadership development programme for owners and senior managers of Liverpool City Region’s SMEs.


Health Matters – Liverpool City Region

A £1.9million ERDF programme, connecting Liverpool City Region businesses with world-class health, care, technology and commercial resources.

Who’s it for

Liverpool City Region businesses capable of moving into the health and care sectors


Help to Grow: Management

12 week practical programme, which covers all aspects of management, including finance and strategies for growth and innovation.  This programme is for Liverpool City Region SME leaders.


Innovate UK Edge 

Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in businesses that drive economic growth.

It is a publicly-funded service available to all high potential small to medium sized innovation-led companies, Including Innovate UK grant winners. It provides specialist-led support for high-potential ambitious businesses who would benefit from the objective perspective of a dedicated innovation and growth specialist local to them. Each specialist provides bespoke support to the business, working closely with its leadership, in helping to identify the most productive ways to accelerate growth.

Key priority areas include:


LCR Grad Scheme

Connecting local graduate talent with SMEs across the Liverpool City Region

Who’s it for

  • Businesses based in one of the 6 boroughs of the Liverpool City Region with less than 250 registered employees
  • Businesses willing to extend a permanent offer of employment
  • Businesses willing to offer a graduate level role with potential for career progression


Supporting business leaders and companies to gain a competitive through the development of practical strategies for effective digital adoption.  This is suitable for Liverpool City Region SMEs.


LCR4.0 HOLISTIC will deliver the first Liverpool City Region wide digital supply chain ecosystem for SMEs based in the Liverpool City Region.


Leadership Growth Skills (LGS) Programme

Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is managing and delivering the Leadership Growth Skills programme across the Liverpool City Region until the end of December 2023.

If you are over 18, live in the Liverpool City Region, have a right to work in the UK, and are working for a small and medium (SME) either employed or on a self-employed business, 

The aim is to upskill people currently fulfilling, or with the future potential to undertake higher level management and leadership roles to improve productivity and growth across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens, and Wirral.

Under-represented groups such as women in management, or, leadership roles, people of colour, disabled people and those with learning difficulties, and/or, those with autism or both, are actively encouraged to participate.

Liverpool City Region Capital Grant Fund

Capital grants fund for SMEs that are based in or relocating to Liverpool City Region

  • For businesses in the Liverpool City Region
  • Businesses with high growth plans to develop your business through the purchase of plant and machinery or other fixed assets
  • Established businesses with projects of £50,000 or above


Liverpool City Region Finance Hub

Liverpool City Region Finance Hub is a single access help point for SMEs trying to access external funding.

Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory

Free assistance to help Liverpool City Region SMEs to develop new and improved goods, processes and services through collaborative partnerships

  • SMEs creating green goods, processes and services
  • SMEs identifying opportunities for low carbon development

Made Smarter

Supporting and enabling manufacturers to drive growth and productivity through the adoption of industrial digitalisation technologies.

This programme is for manufacturers across the North West who are open to embracing new tech for growth.


Mentoring for Growth programme

Mentoring programme aimed at bridging the productivity gap which has been identified between the SME and the corporate market

Who’s it for

  • -senior decision makers with influence over the direction of your business
  • businesses with more than 10 full time and over £2million turnover
  • businesses facing one or more tough growth challenges

National Business Support Helpline

A free to access Business Support Helpline can help small businesses of all stages

Natwest Accelerator

The Natwest Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level.  This programme is for businesses with ambitions to expand.

New Markets 2

ERDF portfolio that offers a portfolio of business support services for businesses in the Liverpool City Region.

Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC)

The Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) at Edge Hill University delivers impact through an intensive fully funded programme (Innovation Sprint) that helps established SMEs, with the vision and potential for growth, build a coherent business model strategy to scale-up.

It is for SMEs across the Liverpool City Region who are ready to convert their scale-up potential into reality, by improving their business’ performance in 4 key areas: profitability, productivity, efficiency and demand.


Sensor City

Supporting the sensor industry across the Liverpool City Region, and for those seeking to commercialise sensor technology


An online course to help you take your business to the next level.  It’s for Digital, Creative and Tech companies with 5 or more staff who are based in the Liverpool City Region.

Virgin Start Up

Support and advice to start up your own business