We know that access to finance is an issue for our businesses, and that it can be a barrier to growth.

Iain 1The sheer number of  funding, grant and loan schemes on offer can also be confusing, and as a result, there is now a central point of access to information on the vast opportunities on offer.

The recently launched Marches Growth Hub, at www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk, includes a searchable database of funding and finance schemes.

Companies can also contact the hub helpline on 0345 6000 727 to find out what schemes they are eligible for, including local, regional and national funding programmes.

The LEP itself offered funding via its Redundant Building Grant Scheme, which closed for applications in August 2015. It may relaunch at a later date.

The LEP has launched its Marches Investment Fund applications which will allow, through loan funding, key projects that can have a positive impact on economic development to be brought forward more quickly than they otherwise might be.

Guidance on the fund can be downloaded here.

Further information on access to finance is available from http://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/finance-and-funding or by calling 0345 6000 727.

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