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Helping businesses to progress their green innovations

With the contribution from ERDF to support Humber based SMEs, we’re already helping a range of businesses 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 carbon-reducing ideas 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 a greener future, 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 green innovations off the ground.

Spark Fund

It starts with a spark

SparkFund is an innovation and research & development support and grants programme to help improve services or processes or to develop exciting new products. If you’re an aspirational small to medium sized business in the Humber, York or North Yorkshire region, SparkFund can help. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, SparkFund will support your ideas and ambition to take the next step in business, with three match-funding schemes and expert advice.

Is my SME eligible?
The best way to find out is to visit Spark Fund for more details.

Flood Innovation Centre

Shaping the future of flood innovation 

The Flood Innovation Centre project supports small to medium sized businesses to develop new flood resilience products and services. If you’ve got an innovative idea to help tackle the effects of rising water levels, the Flood Innovation Centre can offer support to help you turn your idea into reality.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, there is support from world-class academics, access to state-of-the-art flood resilience testing equipment and bespoke innovation project planning per SME.

Is my SME eligible?
The best way to find out is to visit the Flood Innovation Centre website for more details.

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.