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Scale Up 4 Growth (S4G) in the West of England was a business support programme delivered in partnership between UWE Bristol, Foot Anstey and NatWest between 2019 and 2020. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it supported businesses in the West of England to grow, expand and scale. The aim of the programme was to enable businesses to develop their potential, create job opportunities, get ready to scale up and overcome barriers to growth.


S4G West of England offered eligible businesses a range of support including access to grants, training, support from experts and scale-up solutions.



Business growth workshops


We ran a series of free workshops across the West of England addressing the key challenges facing businesses in achieving sustainable growth. These workshops were relevant to start-ups, high growth potential businesses, S4G grant recipients and scale-ups across all sectors.



Grant funding for growth projects


Eligible businesses were able to apply for grants of between £10,000 and £40,000, which funed 37.5% of project costs. To be eligible, businesses had to demonstrate their potential and ability to generate new jobs or increase turnover to achieve their growth ambitions.


The deadline date for grant applications was midday on 7 March 2019. There are currently no further dates planned as the West of England programme is now coming to a close.



SMEs operating in any sector, with a presence in Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire were able to apply.