We have secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver a range of specialist business support programmes to help Hertfordshire SMEs grow, overseen by the Hertfordshire Growth Hub. These include:

Get Growing

What?
The Get Growing Project supports the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets, as well as to engage in innovation processes.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Hertfordshire Growth Hub with a countywide focus.

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities that contribute to the LEP’s goal of accelerating business-led growth. This includes: working to make it easier for small businesses to access private and public business support to enable them to fulfil their growth potential via Hertfordshire Growth Hub; and more generally remove barriers to growth.

Impact
The project is supporting SMEs to grow and, specifically, is expected to provide support to 176 businesses; create 141 new jobs; and support 18 firms to introduce new-to-the-firm products.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £682k from the European Regional Development Fund for the project.

Innovate 2 Succeed

What?
The Innovate 2 Succeed project is helping businesses invest in research and innovation and, in particular, increase their innovation management capacity.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Exemplas with a countywide focus.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP secured EU money for the project as part of its commitment to accelerating business-led growth. We are working to encourage innovation and remove barriers to growth for SMEs.

Impact
The project will promote business investment in research and innovation and is expected, specifically, to provide support to 150 enterprises; provide non-financial support to 150 enterprises; support 52 businesses introduce new-to-the-market products; and support 90 businesses introduce new-to-the-firm products.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £485k from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.

Hertfordshire Start-Up Service

What?
The Hertfordshire Start-Up Service is providing support for businesses to start and develop in their early stages.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by WENTA with a countywide focus.

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities which contribute to the delivery of the LEP’s aim of accelerating business-led growth. Helping businesses to start and grow is one of our priorities. This includes making it easier for small businesses to access private and public support to enable them to fulfil their growth potential.

Impact
The project is supporting businesses to start and develop in their early stages. It is expected, specifically, to provide support to 479 enterprises including grants for 184 enterprises and non-financial support to 295 enterprises; support 371 new enterprises; unlock £250k of private match funding leveraged from grants; create 150 new jobs; and provide Information, Diagnostic and Brokerage support to 216 enterprises.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £1.5m from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.  

ProConnect Hertfordshire

What?
The ProConnect Hertfordshire project provides support for SMEs in, or attempting to enter, the film and TV industry supply chain.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Creative England and has a countywide, sector-based focus.

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities which contribute to the delivery of the LEP’s aim of accelerating business-led growth. We are keen to achieve this both by supporting our key sectors, including our TV and film industry, and by supporting businesses to start and grow.

Impact
This project is supporting businesses in, and attempting to enter, the TV and film industry supply chain. It is expected, specifically, to support 101 film and TV industry associated companies through workshops and events; support 101 companies with Information, Diagnostic and Brokerage assistance; provide grants to 30 companies to access specialist business growth advice; create 30 new jobs; and assist 60 potential entrepreneurs.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £0.5m from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.  

Manufacturing Growth Programme

What?
The Manufacturing Growth Programme is supporting manufacturing SMEs to grow.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Economic Growth Solutions and has a sector-based, countywide focus.

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities which contribute to the delivery of the LEP’s aim of accelerating business-led growth. This includes making it easier for small businesses to access private and public support to enable them to fulfil their growth potential.

Impact
The project is expected to deliver a range of outputs across the 19 LEP areas within which it is operating. These include 194 projects supported; 194 jobs created; and 38 SMEs supported with the introduction of new-to-the-firm products.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £500k from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.  

Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network

What?
The Hertfordshire Low Carbon Innovation Network project is helping SMEs develop innovative low carbon technologies and services for the built environment.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Building Research Establishment (BRE) and has a sector-based, countywide focus.

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities which contribute to the delivery of the LEP’s aim of accelerating business-led growth. This includes making it easier for small businesses to access private and public support to enable them to fulfil their growth potential. The LEP is also committed to supporting the county’s key sectors and the shift to a low carbon economy.

Impact
The project is expected to support 75 enterprises; 7 new enterprises; help 7 firms introduce new-to-the-firm products; and enable 10 enterprises to cooperate with research institutions.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £630k from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.  

KEEP+

What?
The KEEP+ is a knowledge transfer project that connects SMEs to academic expertise and graduate talent to develop and launch new products and services.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Anglia Ruskin University and University of Hertfordshire with a countywide focus.

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities which contribute to the delivery of the LEP’s aim of accelerating business-led growth. This includes making it easier for small businesses to access private and public support to enable them to fulfil their growth potential. The LEP is also committed to removing barriers to growth through access to knowledge transfer.

Impact
The project is expected to deliver several outputs across the four LEP areas in which it is operating. In Hertfordshire these include leveraging £1.3m of SME investment in research and innovation; engaging 53 SMEs in knowledge exchange, collaborative and contract research and innovation; enabling 10 SMEs to introduce new products and services to the market; enabling 39 SMEs to introduce new products and services to their firms; supporting the creation of 28 new jobs; and providing grants to 53 SMEs.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £1.395m from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.  

Low Carbon Workspaces

What?
The Low Carbon Workspaces project provides support to help SMEs make energy efficiency changes to their premises or processes.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Ngage Solutions with a countywide focus.

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities which contribute to the delivery of the LEP’s aim of accelerating business-led growth. This includes making it easier for small businesses to access private and public support to enable them to fulfil their growth potential. The LEP is also supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy and removing barriers to growth through enabling access to finance.

Impact
The project is helping SMEs make energy efficiency changes, including with the support of grants. In Hertfordshire it is expected to support 124 SMEs; provide grants to 124 SMEs; and help SMEs bring about 880 greenhouse gas reductions.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £1m from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.  

Get Exporting 2

What?
Get Exporting 2 offers practical support to SMEs to help them to implement their export development plan and accelerate the growth of export sales.

Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund, on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered Hertfordshire wide by Exemplas. 

Why?
The Enterprise and Innovation Board is responsible for developing and monitoring activities that contribute to the LEP’s goal of accelerating business-led growth. This includes: working to make it easier for small businesses to access private and public business support to enable them to fulfil their growth potential via Hertfordshire Growth Hub; and more generally remove barriers to growth.

Impact
The project is supporting SMEs to grow and in Hertfordshire is expected to provide support to 94 businesses; create 63 new jobs; support 22 firms to introduce new-to-the-firm products; and provide grants to support export activity to 67 enterprises.

Funding
Hertfordshire LEP helped the project applicant secure £549k from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project.  

About the ERDF

The European Regional Development Fund was established to support projects that strengthen research, technological development & innovation, enhance the competitiveness of SMEs, and support the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors.