Pre-funded projects available to help Yorkshire businesses

This is a unique opportunity for SMEs to access tailored support, worth around 2 days of work (to the value of £1,000 – £1,500) to develop innovative products or processes. You can also join the regions BioVale innovation cluster which offers support to build partnerships or collaborations in the bioeconomy; or to access overseas markets for your products and services.

Our popular business support programmes have helped more than 400 local SMEs. However don’t just take our word for it, below are a few examples of how we have helped companies to develop innovative products and processes.

Using recycled plastic planks to grow plants through hydroponics with HydroBlox

The BDC’s work has been crucial for us to move into a new market, and best of all: it was fully funded through their ERDF programme! Patrick O’Neil, Technical Director.

Improving the shelf life implications of oil NibNibs

Working with the BDC has been a life-saver: their specialists were quickly able to get to the root of the problem, and reassure us that our production wasn’t compromised. A great team to work with, very approachable, with an effective solution in a very tight timeframe. Highly recommended. Darren Everitt, Managing Director.

Get in touch

To discuss how we can work together, contact Dr Tom North, Business Development Unit Manager.

+44 (0)1904 328056

This funding is available to those that are located in the Leeds City Region and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP areas. For a map of the eligible regions covered by this funding, visit Leeds City Region LEP and YNYER LEP.  Not in the eligible region? No problem, there is still an opportunity for us to work together – please get in touch to find out more.

Notes to editors:

The Bioeconomy Growth Programme has received a total of £2.1M of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

  • European Regional Development Fund

    The Bioeconomy Growth Programme has received £2.1 M of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regeneration.

    European Regional Development Fund's website
  • Research England

    Research England sits within UK Research and Innovation. They oversee university research and knowledge exchange funding. The BDC has funding from Research England, as part of the THYME project (Teesside, Hull and York – Mobilising Bioeconomy Knowledge Exchange). The THYME project is a £5 million project to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber and the Tees Valley, led by the University of York.

    Research England's website
  • Northern Powerhouse

    The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK. Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.

    Northern Powerhouse's website

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