Support, loans and grants

The Cherwell Business Adaptation Fund

The Cherwell Business Adaptation Fund is being delivered by OxLEP on behalf of Cherwell District Council

The scheme aims to support eligible businesses through grants, ranging between £5,000 and £20,000 per business for capital and/or revenue-based projects.

To apply for a grant, all interested businesses must be based in the Cherwell district, attend or watch a recording of a webinar and have also been in operation for at least one financial year. Further eligibility criteria will also apply.

Applications are via the OxLEP Business website from 10 May.  Applicants must have completed a pre-qualifying process, by 5pm on 27 May, before applying.

The closing date for full applications is at 5pm on 7 June. All queries relating to the fund must be submitted to OxLEP Business by 30 May.

Find out more and apply at OxLEP Business - Cherwell Business Adaptation Grant

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) 

OxLEP’s Business Support Tool helps to identify your business support needs and can signpost you to relevant schemes and opportunities such as:

  • Business grant programmes
  • Workshops and webinars
  • 1:1 business mentoring
  • Financial advice
  • Skills advice for your workforce.

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Enterprise Nation and Google

Google and Enterprise Nation have teamed up. Signing up to 1-2-1 mentoring with Google could see your business paired with a mentor to provide expert guidance in areas such as building a digital marketing strategy and using social media to reach new customers.

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Low carbon business makes sense

Oxfordshire Greentech is the business network supporting the growth of the low-carbon sector in Oxfordshire and facilitating innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer in pursuit of a sustainable, low carbon future in Oxfordshire and the world. A selection of schemes to support economic recovery are available, especially within the theme of low carbon.

Any business based in Cherwell District interested in membership of Oxfordshire Greentech, should get in touch with the team directly.

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Could your business save money on energy bills?

Empowering organisations across Oxfordshire to make energy efficiency improvements as simple as possible, support from Energy Solutions Oxfordshire (ESOx)can help you save money on energy bills while minimising your carbon footprint.

A not-for-profit organisation run by the Low Carbon Hub and the Environmental Information Exchange team at Oxford Brookes, the team is ready to help your business make the change. Find out more about how the complete energy efficiency service can help organisations lower their energy use to save money and carbon.

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Help to Grow

Take your business to the next level with the government’s new Help to Grow programme. The programme will help small and medium sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits.

You could get:

  • An Executive Development programme that could help you improve business performance and growth potential through Help to Grow: Management
  • Free online advice and money off software that could help you save time and cut costs through Help to Grow: Digital

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Export and grow overseas 

Exporting is Great - The Department for International Trade helps businesses to sell internationally. 

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Enterprising Oxford (EO)

Enterprising Oxford connects all of the entrepreneurship initiatives and resources in Oxford in one place.  Whether you are interested in developing your employability skills, or want to start or grow your business, Enterprising Oxford can help you find what you need at each stage of your journey.

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI brings together all the UKRI corporate websites, including Innovate UK. Check out the UKRI website and unified funding finder tool.

This service catalyses and invests in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system.

UKRI website

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

What Can a KTP offer my business? If you have an idea for your business but do not have all the in-house expertise needed to develop it, a KTP or a Management KTP may be the perfect solution.

Learn more about KTP

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

If you’re looking for experienced input into your idea, product, service, research or challenge, then invite KTN to get involved. They will work with you to understand your market or challenge and also direct you to the latest funding opportunities available.

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KTN host hundreds of events throughout the year, ranging from competition briefing events to networking and showcase events.

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