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There are various sources of support in the Midlands to help business survive and grow.

This series of web pages highlight some of those opportunities. British Marine Midlands is always on the lookout for new funding and training assistance. There are some useful support organisations that companies can access depending on what they are looking to achieve, which sectors they operate in and the type of business.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service and UKTI are two such organisations that offer funding and advice to manufacturing and exporting businesses. Business Link has been the main government funded business support agency. This is going through some major change but will continue to operate as a web portal and telephone hotline for advice. Please explore these pages for more information.


The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has been supporting manufacturing business across England for the last ten years and is designed to help companies streamline their processes, reduce waste, become more energy efficient and generally improve their business. More info


UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is a UK Government funded agency that works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. More info

Pera Technology

Every year,Pera Technology helps hundreds of companies across Europe and beyond to harness the potential of science and technology to create new and valuable products and processes to create sustainable, valuable businesses. We use our in-house resources to boost their businesses, work together to create innovative ideas, and hook them up with world-class scientists, commercial partners to make the idea a reality and source grants or other financial support from the best funding providers. More info

Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s national innovation agency. Our goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. More info

Transport iNet

The Transport iNet was established in early 2009 it is able to help businesses working in the transport industry to flourish and drive the East Midlands economy forward. More info

Grants and Funding

This section is all about grants and funding – ways in which you can bring other forms of income and cash into your business. A grant is a sum of money given to an individual or business for a specific project or purpose. More info

Business Link

Business Link is government's online resource for business. It contains essential information, support and services for you and your business – whether you work for a large organisation or are on your way to starting up. More info