Support

Find help, advice and funding

Incubation

At Hethel Engineering Centre we offer a wide range of incubation spaces and services, from hot desks and a postal address to 300m² workshops. Prices are competitive, in line with our objective of helping new businesses get off the ground.

Follow this link for more information about our workspaces.

Innovation

Hethel Innovation operates Hethel Engineering Centre and is dedicated to catalysing the growth and success of high performance engineering and manufacturing companies. They provide support for all stages of innovation, including product and business development, access to finance and research collaboration.

Follow this link to learn more about Hethel Innovation.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency, whose work includes mapping, funding, networking and supporting the nation’s innovators. They have invested over £1.5 billion and  helped more than 5,000 companies since 2007.

Visit the Innovate UK webpages on GOV.UK to learn more.

The New Anglia Growth Hub offers free support and advice for growing businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. The Hub is managed by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on behalf of New Anglia LEP, and their Business Growth Advisers can point your business in the right direction for help from local and national sources.

Follow this link to find out more about how the Growth Hub can help you.

Financial

New Anglia LEP’s Growing Business Fund is a two-tier programme made up of small (£5,000 – £25,000) and larger (£25,000 – £500,000) grants to support the growth of local businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. The grants are awarded as a percentage of total project cost, from 10% for a large business up to 30% for small and micro businesses.

Follow this link to find out more about the Fund and how your business can apply.

Anglia Capital Group is a leading group of business angel investors in Norfolk and Suffolk. The Group offers equity finance to spinouts, new ventures and growth businesses in the areas of food and agri/biotech, specialist engineering and energy.

Click this link to find out if your venture meets Anglia Capital’s criteria for investment.

BlossomZone is a crowdfunding platform for businesses and social enterprises in East Anglia. Individuals or companies who are looking to get started or grow their existing business can advertise projects to supporters through the site.

Visit Blossomzone to learn more about advertising your project.

Sector-specific

The Adapt Low Carbon Group offers support to enterprises working in the low-carbon & cleantech space. They offer consultancy services to businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact, and also manage the Low Carbon Innovation Fund that offers equity finance to low-carbon businesses.

If your business is in the low-carbon or cleantech sector, or you’re looking to improve your environmental credentials, follow this link to learn more about Adapt.