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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - South West

Deadline: 01 March 2015 09:00 (10:00 CET) | Value: £1,000 (min), £50,000 (max) | Area: South West

The Business Investment for Growth (BIG) programme is a £3.6 million investment fund, financed by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by Cornwall Development Company.

The funding is available on a 50% contribution rate (match-funding basis) to businesses with project based investment proposals leading to business growth and job creation.


It can support such projects as:
  • Access to new markets - Market research, Implementation of e-commerce solutions to support trading beyond established markets
  • Marketing (including digital and e-marketing techniques)
  • Consultancy re growth ambitions - Business plan development, Systems software solutions, Finance escalator/advice, Capital needs assessment
  • Technology and product design - Patent/IP protection/management, Prototype development, Manufacturing process improvement (post SWMAS advice)
  • Knowledge transfer/exploitation
  • Environmental measures – Accreditation, Implementation of environmental processes, Environmental audits
  • Feasibility - Proof of concept, New product development, Diversification
  • Inward investors - Settlement support for new investing businesses
  • Employment - BIG can be used to cover recruitment costs in some circumstances and will fund interim managers from reputable sources when hired on a temporary contract. BIG can not be used to fund wage costs for staff employed by the applicant
  • Capital expenditure - Machinery and other capital equipment
The funding cannot support a
  • business as usual
  • wage costs
  • stock
  • training

More information can be found on the Cornwall Development Company website.


You can apply by following the instructions on the Cornwall Development Company website or by emailing  for more details.