UKSPF: West Northamptonshire business growth & innovation support

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The West Northamptonshire Growth and Innovation project, delivered by the University of Bedfordshire, is a new £625,000 business support programme open to all businesses based in the West Northants area.

As part of this comprehensive programme, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), the University will deliver business growth initiatives, including activities designed to empower innovation and accelerate growth. This will enhance productivity and competitiveness, whilst developing new skills and increase employment opportunities.

From fully funded participation in short courses to personalised 1-2-1 consultancy sessions with industry experts, businesses will receive tailored support to address their unique needs. £325,000 of matched funded revenue grants are available to qualifying businesses up to a maximum value of £20,000.

UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Who is the support for?

  • Established businesses of any size - registered in the West Northants region
  • Businesses looking for innovation and growth support

What you can expect?

Fully-funded support from our academic experts to help your business innovate and grow including:

  • 1-2-1 consultancy
  • Academic-led student projects
  • Subsidised graduate employment
  • Access to grant funding (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Peer to peer networking
  • Access to workshops and short courses:



Your next steps?

Ready to get started? If you are interested in taking part in this programme, please fill in the registration form, below.

Alternatively, if you are looking for something else, or have any questions about the West Northants initiative - please get in touch with us and one of our Business Advisers will be able to help.


West Northants UKSPF Enquiry Form

About you

About the company

About your company*

Legal status of your business*

Company registration number

What help do you need? (Please provide as much information as you can, including the name and date of the workshop(s) you prefer to attend, if applicable)*

Equality information


Do you have a disability?

Please tell us if there are any reasonable adjustments that we need to make in order for you to access our services


Communication & privacy

Where did you hear about us?

The information submitted on this form will be used by the University of Bedfordshire and our partners at West Northamptonshire Council. We need to assess whether your business meets the eligibility criteria under the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The University of Bedfordshire will be the data controller in respect of all personal information submitted via this form.

The University and the West Northamptonshire Council would also like to update you on other relevant business support opportunities, including grants and events. By submitting this form you agree to this communication.

Have you read the GDPR and Privacy Statement [PDF]? (If yes, please tick below)*