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Cheshire and Warrington Access to Finance Programme

20 May 2022

Blue Orchid would like  to remind you about the Final Call for Cheshire & Warrington SMEs to apply for Access to Finance Grant Funding. 
 
- Are you a growing Small or Medium sized Cheshire & Warrington based business?
- Do you need to invest in expert advice and consultancy to realise your growth plans? 
- Are you looking to enter new markets, launch new products, revitalise your branding, implement new online sales channels, CRM or ERP systems? 
 
If so then your business may be able to benefit from a grant of between £2,000 & £7,000
 
Blue Orchid and partners Warrington & Co and Chester West and Cheshire Council have a limited number of grants still available to support SMEs across Cheshire & Warrington.

The grants which are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund can be used to support projects such as:

- Developing an Investment case to secure Financing 
- Marketing & Sales Strategies
- Leadership & Management Development
- ERP/CRM system Design & Integration
- Branding & Design
- Product Development
- Business Process Change
- Software Integration Consultancy
 
The final deadline of grant applications is 24 June 2022 and the limited funds available will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so if your business is looking to invest to support growth contact Blue Orchid on 01606 539 119 to discuss the Access to Finance & SME Growth Grant programme now.
  
Please Note – Your project value should be between £5,000 and £20,000 projects and typically grants will be between £3,000 – £7,000. Some projects outside this range can be accommodated in some circumstances.

Small or Medium sized enterprise (SMEs) headquartered or with premises & employees within Cheshire & Warrington, with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than £45.1m or balance sheet of less than £38.8m.

If you are based in one of the following sectors, you will not be eligible for this particular grant:
- Finance or Legal including Accountants, Mortgage Brokerage, Insurance Brokerage 
- Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry or Fishing
- Primary production e.g. Mining.
- Hospitality & Retail 

Please do not hesitate to contact Karen McKean directly to discuss Access to Finance Grant in more detail on 07912 280810 or alternatively by email at k.mckean@blueorchid.co.uk