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8,000 companies benefit from Regional Growth Fund

The Regional Growth Fund established in 2010 by the Deputy Prime Minister has now supported 8,000 companies to grow and thrive across England through a series of 400 projects and programmes.

The Fund has created and safeguarded 100,000 jobs and distributed more than £1 billion across the country.

For the first time, the Deputy Prime Minister is confirming the total number of projects and programmes that are underway thanks to the Fund.

To date, there are 94 projects and programmes underway in North East, 73 in North West, 48 in Yorkshire and Humber, 28 in South East and London, 36 in South West, 61 in West Midlands, 11 in the East, 25 in the East Midlands, and a further 25 that are nationwide in scope.

The selected bids for RGF Round Six will be unveiled in 2015.

To boost manufacturing and engineering industries and encourage job creation outside of London, the RGF has supported companies across multiple sectors. From pioneers in tidal turbines in Bristol to a laboratory developing new drugs for cancer and resistant bacteria in Cheshire, bed manufacturers in Leeds, and Liverpool food wholesalers, RGF funding has gone to a wide range of businesses up and down the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “It is great news that the Regional Growth Fund has now reached the landmark of supporting its 8,000th company. This innovative fund is helping companies to invest, expand and to create sustainable jobs in the local community.

“Rebalancing the economy and boosting regional growth has been a top priority for me in Government. It is a key part of building a stronger economy and fairer society. The success of the RGF is a shining example of how government can help regional businesses realise their own goals and plan for a prosperous future.”

Alongside awards made directly to larger businesses, the RGF has also supported many small and medium-size businesses.

Local partners such as Chambers of Commerce, Universities and Local Enterprise Partnerships have been running programmes to target support to those smaller businesses with most potential in their local areas.

East Midlands Chamber members to have benefited from the RGF include:
Molecular Profiles,
Nottingham City Council (Nottingham Technology Grant Fund Group),
Leicester City Council (accountable body for LLEP),
Romax Technology
Leicester City Council
VF Northern Europe
Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK)
Derbyshire County Council
Chinook Sciences
University of Derby
University Of Leicester.