ERDF Priority Axis 3:

Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises CLOSED


This call is looking to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by specifically:

  • Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
  • Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development
  • Supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes


The call documentation and more information on this call can be found here:


Projects put forward under this call must cover the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership area.


Up to £10,200,000 of funding is available through this call.  A minimum value of £500,000 of European Regional Development funding can be applied for.

Match funding - applicants must identify that they can provide eligible match funding at 50% of total project costs.


Outline application deadline: 26 January 2018

Completion date

It is anticipated that funding from this call will be awarded for up to 3 years.

What happens next?

If your outline application is successful, Government will contact you and ask you to make a full application.

Support available

Prospective applicants interested in delivering the programme can contact Richard Kirkland, D2N2 European Structural and Investment Fund Coordinator on email for more information.

Information events

To support organisations to understand the strategic priorities of this call D2N2 LEP will be hosting free workshops across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The events will be held at the following venues and dates:

  • Monday 11 December 2017 at the Winding Wheel Chesterfield S41 7SA
  • Thursday 14 December 2017 – Nottingham Mechanics NG1 4EZ
  • Tuesday 9 January 2018 – Derbyshire County Cricket Club DE21 6DA
  • Thursday 11 January 2018 – Oakham Suite, Mansfield, NG18 4AE

All workshops will commence at 10am and close at 2pm.

A free networking lunch will be available at all events

To book your place at any of the venues, please follow this link:

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