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Online Business Funding Roadshow to highlight grant funding opportunities – 10th June 8am-10am via Zoom

PAPI and Make It York join forces to bring businesses an overview of the grant funding and business support currently available.

Following a difficult year for local businesses, the team from the PAPI (Product and Process Innovation) project have joined forces with Make It York to host a free online event which will highlight the wide range of grant funding and business support which is currently available to York businesses.

Hosted on Zoom, the event will feature presentations from a range of support programmes, with case studies from local businesses who have accessed funding, and a chance to network with other businesses. The event will also provide businesses with a single point of contact to enable them to access tailored support. The event is open to York-based SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) who employ under 250 people and who operate predominantly business to business.

Touchright Software, a York-based software company, applied for a PAPI grant after attending a previous roadshow. The company were successful in their application and received a grant of £10,000 to help develop their new Android app. Director Terry Lightfoot said; “Having the grant has made it easier to drive new growth within new sectors.”

Another York-based business said of a previous roadshow; “It’s hard to release time in a business – but this is probably the best 2 hours receiving business help/support I have ever spent!”

The event organisers, Rachel Cullivan (Business Development Officer at PAPI), Brian Littlejohn and Louise Saw (Business Growth Managers for York) have said; “this online event will provide businesses with the opportunity to network and discover the support they could receive. Having all the information in one place will allow them to find the programme which fits their business needs.”

Grant Funding programmes confirmed so far for this event include:

PAPI ( – Fully-funded innovation workshops and 40% grants (up to £20k) to buy equipment that helps create a new product or service and at least one new job.

Make It York ( – The Business team provides expert advice, support and guidance – whether you’re starting up, ready to grow or looking to relocate to York. The team connects businesses with ideas and support, funding and training, other businesses and opportunities for growth.

SparkFund ( – SparkFund is an innovation support and grants programme that will help you to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes.

Biorenewables Development Centre ( Pre-funded projects by professional scientists or business specialists, helping to commercialise products and processes that help drive the bioeconomy.

Supply Chain Programme ( – Supporting the growth and expansion of manufacturing SMEs and SMEs operating in wider supply chains of manufacturing sector.

Digital Enterprise ( Helping small and medium sized enterprises achieve digital transformation as they scale up and mature.

Ad:Venture ( AD:VENTURE provide fully funded expert help to take your business from start-up to scale-up, supporting ambitious new and young businesses to reach their full potential.

Investment Readiness ( – This package of support will help your business to better understand the full range of finance options and products currently available.

Connecting Innovation ( – Connecting Innovation provides SMEs with up to 12 hours of support (or more if required) with an Innovation Growth Manager helping to develop your business.

KTN ( – connecting innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions.

Innovate UK EDGE ( – We enable ambitious, innovative SMEs to accelerate their growth and achieve scale.

The Department for International Trade ( Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 are available for future activity.

To book your free place visit: