New grants available to help manufacturers grow their businesses

A new grant is available to help manufacturers grow their companies and Uckfield business adviser and mentor Chris Dowling has more details for those interested in applying for it.

Chris says £9.7m is available to support more than 3,000 companies with leadership and management training, research and development, lean manufacturing, productivity and capacity, quality systems and supply chain development.

The Manufacturing Growth Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, delivered by Economic Growth Solutions and designed to provide access to specialist assistance to help firms grow and improve.


Lorraine Holmes, chief executive officer of Economic Growth Solutions, says the programme has to be delivered by March 2019 and so they want companies to come forward soon and take advantage of the assistance.

Chris Dowling says the application process is quick and straightforward. The grant is available to small and medium enterprises, subject to qualification, and for those companies fitting the bill, grants of up to 35% are available.

Chris adds that part of his role as an adviser and mentor is to be aware of the many grants which become available to help local businesses. He is a point of contact for enquiries and happy to talk to local business owners.

Start-Up Loans

Chris also works with an Enterprise Agency which delivers government funded Start-Up Loans for people setting up in business.

If anyone would like to talk to him about the availability of loans he can be contacted on 01825 701332 or by email at

Chris can also be found at business drop-in sessions held monthly on Wednesdays. The next is to be held at Bridge Cottage, on Wednesday, July 19, from 12.30-3.30pm. Advice on marketing will also be available there from Sue Edwards, of SJEMarketing.

• The manufacturing growth manager within East Sussex for Economic Growth Solutions is Keith Mabbutt, who can be contacted by email at, or by calling 07773 228147.

• Contact details for Dowling Consultants can be found 24/7 in their premium listing in our Uckfield Directory Look for the name or search in categories for Business Advice, or Business Mentor.

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