Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative Recycled Fund

Up to £500,000 loan fund for small SMEs in the manufacturing supply chain who are looking for investment to grow and support job creation.

AMSCI – Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

Better Business Finance UK

Free, quick and easy access to a directory of approved finance suppliers, up to £20,000,000 for UK businesses.

Better Business Finance – Find Finance

Big Issue Invest – UK

Big Issue Invest helps social enterprises and charities by providing loans and investments, between £20,000 and £1.5 million, who have been operating for at least 24 months.

Big Issue Invest

Enterprise programme for young people – UK

The Prince’s Trust helps young people aged 18 to 30 between £1000 and £5000 who want to set up their own business in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It provides training and mentoring, support to help write a business plan and support to apply for a low interest loan.

Support for starting business

Fit For Nuclear Business Support – England

Business support and advice for companies that want to bid for work in the civil nuclear industry that have either 10 or more employees, and a turnover of at least £1.6 million.

You can get support from nuclear specialists and advisors to help assess and meet the requirements for supplying the civil nuclear industry. 

Fit For Nuclear

Funding and Advice, for Space Services

Funding, technical and business expertise, networks and partnerships for business who are looking to develop a space-based service.

Funding is available for businesses to develop services that use:

  • Satellite communications
  • Earth observations
  • Satellite navigation
  • Other space technologies

Funding | ESA Business Applications

Funding Circle

Loans of up to £1 million for established SMEs in England, who are a sole trader, limited company or partnership, and have at least two years of trading history and ownership of the business will remain in the UK.

Funding Circle: Fast, Affordable Small Business Finance

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Up to £3,500 grant contribution to pay towards upgrading business broadband to a high speed capable connection.

Gigabit Vouchers

Heritage Enterprise

Funding between £3,000 and £5 million for community organisations to help restore neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.

Priorities for National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Horizon Europe Funding

Funding for research or innovation that’s ground-breaking, improves European research standards or responds to challenges like climate change or food security.
Horizon Europe ( 

Innovate UK

Offers grants of between £25,000 and £10 million and innovation loans of between £100,000 and £1 million to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and make them a commercial success.

Innovation competitions – Innovation Funding Service

Innovate UK EDGE

Expert advice for businesses looking to commercialise new ideas and succeed in international markets.

Innovate UK EDGE ( 

Made Smarter West of England

Support and potential grants to help manufacturing SMEs adopt Industrial Digital Technologies (IDT) to enable their development and growth.

Made smarter – technology adoption – Growth Hub (

Mobile Boost Scheme

Vouchers towards the cost of indoor mobile signal boosters in Devon and Somerset.

Mobile Boost Voucher Scheme – Connecting Devon and Somerset 

National Tooling Loan Fund

Loans, between £50,000 and £2 million to help toolmakers and component manufacturer fund the design, development and manufacturing of tooling. You will need evidence of 2 years track record and proven ability to complete similar projects previously.

National Tooling Loan Fund

South West Investment Group Finance

Loans ranging between £25,000 and £250,000 for new and growing SMEs in the Southwest of England which have the potential to grow and benefit the economy.

Business Loans for Start-Ups

Last reviewed: June 21, 2024 by Keri

Next review due: December 21, 2024

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