Changing times require an innovative approach to business growth, problem solving and supply chain development

Companies that work together to address these issues can often be more successful and profitable.

The Collaborative Growth Programme is now offering 100 per cent funding up to £25,000 to SME-led networks requiring facilitation support to scope out innovative collaborative projects with the potential to increase business competitiveness.

Networks wishing to make an application to the programme must consist of a minimum of 4 Northern Ireland SMEs. At least one of the participating companies must be an Invest Northern Ireland customer and be prepared to make the application on behalf of the group.

Closing Date for receipt of applications is 11th October 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within three weeks of the closing date.

There are significant benefits to participants and these include:

  • Enhancing existing skills and capabilities
  • Acquiring knowledge to stimulate innovative practices and processes
  • Entry to new export markets
  • Developing niche value-added products
  • Expanding services or product offerings
  • Exploiting cross-sectoral technology and best practice
  • Developing hi-tech knowledge driven businesses
  • Contributing to the economic performance of Northern Ireland

Depending on the outcome of the scoping study, additional funding (up to a maximum of £170,000) is available to support the implementation of phase two of the collaborative project.

Interested in finding out more?

More information on the Programme, together with a blank sample application form, guidance notes and a range of helpful templates and support documents can be found in our Collaborative Growth Programme toolkit.

Download the Collaborative Growth Programme toolkit (ZIP)

Please note that in order to make a formal application for funding you will need to follow the instructions below.

Apply now

Follow these easy steps to make an online application:

  • Identify which participant will act as lead company (this must be an Invest Northern Ireland customer with an appointed Invest Northern Ireland client executive
  • The Lead company should then email the Collaborative Growth Programme Team at to request a personalised link to the online application form
  • Once the link has been received follow the instructions to complete and submit your application

What if I am not an Invest Northern Ireland customer?

If your proposed lead company is not already an Invest Northern Ireland customer, contact us or alternatively call our Business Support Team on 0800 181 4422.

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