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Helping businesses to progress their innovations

With the support from the UK Government’s Levelling Up fund we are helping a range of Humber based SMEs to reduce their carbon emissions through research and innovation. Working alongside businesses, our Innovation Managers and academic expertise are supporting a wide range of businesses to help accelerate their innovations into viable solutions – whether it’s an idea for a new product, process or service.

Is my SME eligible for funded support from the Aura Innovation Centre?

If you have an idea that will drive your business into being more productive and competitive, no matter how big or small then please get in touch. We can point you in the direction of relevant funding streams and facilitate new relationships to get your innovations off the ground.

Humber Innovation Support Programme

Helping businesses turn their innovation ideas into reality

The funding, which is part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), central to the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda, has been allocated to Hull City Council to support businesses within the Hull region to deliver their innovation ideas and help take new, innovative products and services to market, whilst generating new jobs and contributing to the economic growth of the region.

The project is being delivered by the University of Hull’s Aura Innovation Centre and provides businesses with access to world-class academic support and expertise, access to state-of-the-art innovation testing equipment and bespoke innovation project planning. The funding also includes;

  • Fully funded graduate level internship placement
  • 50% innovation grants up to £30k to help guide innovation ideas
  • 50% funded access to specialist academic expertise across a range of disciplines
  • Expert guidance in Intellectual Property

Is my SME eligible?

Contact the Innovation Team at the Aura Innovation Centre for an eligibility check


A central supply chain hub

The Supply Chain Network, from East Riding Yorkshire Council, is a scheme to help businesses gain easy access to local business opportunities, suppliers, investors and developers to pursue new commercial partnerships.

With free access to specialist advice, financial assistance and a programme of funded workshops and events, the scheme has been designed to link your business to a wide range of opportunities.

How do I register?
The best way to find out more is to visit Supply Chain Network for more details.

Comprehensive business support directory

HEY Business Growth Hub

The HEY Growth Hub provides free and impartial information, advice, guidance and signposting for all businesses in the Hull and East Yorkshire region.

They operate a Finance for Growth scheme which offers free and impartial one-to-one support to businesses that are looking to access finance.

How do I find out more?
For a comprehensive list of business support in the Humber, visit the HEY Growth Hub website.

Offshore Wind Growth Partnership

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) supports UK companies that have the potential to work in the offshore wind sector, providing products or services to UK and global markets.

How do I apply?

For more information on these funding opportunities and how to apply please visit the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership website.