Business Funding

In this section, you’ll find information about funding programmes the LEP and partners are involved in to help businesses grow.

  • Business Growth Programme
    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.
  • LCR 4.0
    The LCR 4.0 project helps businesses explore the potential of Industry 4.0 technologies by providing support ranging from research and development, knowledge transfer and the acceleration of ideas from concept through to commercialisation.
  • New Markets 2
    New Markets 2 is a successful support programme for local businesses to access high value, commercial business advice, tailored to your business needs and chosen by you.
  • The Health Enterprise Hub (HEH) Innovation Exchange
    The Health Enterprise Hub (HEH) Innovation Exchange accelerates the development and commercialisation of innovative SME products/services for the health and care sector.
  • LCR Activate
  • LCR Activate supports digital and creative small and medium-sized businesses in the Liverpool City Region by providing access to new technologies and expertise for the development of new products or tools.
  • Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) 
  • The NPIF can provide funding for entrepreneurs, start-ups or SMEs located in the North West. NPIF is a collaboration between the British Business Bank, the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and nine other LEPs across the North West, Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley and provides over £400 million of commercially focused finance to help SMEs start up and grow.

Information on funding and advice available for businesses in the City Region can be found through the Local Growth Hub at