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Let's Grow North East

Lets Grow NEW

Let's Grow North East is a £60 million Regional Growth Fund programme, operated by BE Group in partnership with UNW LLP and The Journal and Middlesbrough Evening Gazette.  The programme provides grant support for capital investment and R&D projects that will create new, sustainable jobs in North East England.  It provides grant support for business expansion, rationalisation, modernisation and diversification, and is designed to help firms to expand their operations or to set up new establishments in the region.

Let's Grow is aimed towards manufacturing businesses and service sector businesses offering more than a local service.  Grants are available to businesses of all sizes, with higher levels of support available to SMEs.  The programme supports investment projects of £200,000 or more which will be completed by 31st March 2017.  Projects must meet the eligibility criteria of the programme and are also judged on their levels of impact and value for money.

Let's Grow offers grants of £50,000 and above.  Levels of support range from 10% to 30% of the project expenditure.  The level of support offered in each case will be determined by factors including the location of the project, the type of expenditure involved, the size of the company and the level of job creation.

To be successful, applications must: 

  • Create new, sustainable jobs within the applicant company
  • Offer good value for money in terms of value of grant per new job created
  • Make a clear case for needing grant support
  • Have adequate private sector funding for the project
  • Comply with State Aid regulations


How to apply

Let’s Grow is run as a series of quarterly competitions, the deadlines for which are shown below. 

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest form from the link below. Applicants whose Expressions of Interest are approved will be invited to submit a full application. 


Expression of Interest deadlines

Full Application deadlines

1st Competition

1 August 2014

29 August 2014

2nd Competition

17 October 2014

14 November 2014

3rd Competition

23 January 2015

20 February 2015

4th Competition

24 April 2015

22 May 2015

5th Competition

31 July 2015

28 August 2015

6th Competition

6 November 2015

4 December 2015

7th Competition

 5 February 2016 4 March 2016
8th Competition  6 May 2016  3 June 2016

We are still accepting expressions of interest but we cannot guarantee that funds will be available unless we have funds to recycle.

Please note, all projects must be completed by 31 March 2017.


Click here to view the Let's Grow North East Guidelines

Click here to download the Let's Grow North East Expression of Interest form

Click here to download the Let's Grow North East Process Map


Please contact us for more information about the Let's Grow programme:

Telephone:       0191 389 8434