Business support programmes

Businesses in Daventry District have a range of support networks and organisations open to them. Find out more below:

Velocity programme

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) runs the Velocity programme to provide a broad range of resources to help businesses unleash their potential and support growth ambitions. 

Call 0300 01234 35 or visit


Northamptonshire Growth Hub

Run by the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire County Council, this free service offers a comprehensive mix of support for businesses of all sizes. 

Its Ready2Grow scheme offers specialist support to help both ambitious and growing enterprises as well as individuals starting a business in Northamptonshire.

It also runs the Innovate Northamptonshire scheme, a part-funded European Regional Development Fund project which aims to promote research and innovation amongst Northamptonshire SME businesses, encouraging collaboration between SMEs and experts from across the UK. 

Call 01604 212696 or visit to find out more.


Innovation Bridge

Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Daventry District can access free business support being offered by Central Bedfordshire Council. The Innovation Bridge scheme and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme are available for innovative companies with high-growth potential.  

Click here to find out more, and for further information, visit:  


Food & Drink Forum FEAST project

The Food & Drink Forum has secured funding to offer a range of useful services to food and drink manufacturers including grant funding, business mentoring, industry events, technical support and technical apprentices.

Find out more at or call 0115 9758810


Invest to Grow

Invest to Grow is a programme designed to support private sector businesses, predominantly in the form of loan funding, to grow and create jobs.

Find out more on their website

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) 

MEIF is a collaboration between the government-owned British Business Bank and ten Local Enterprise Partnerships and provides commercially-focused finance to help SMEs start up and grow. 

It combines £250m of funding from the UK Government, European Regional Development Fund, British Business Bank and European Investment Bank to help businesses in the region to scale-up and become a successful part of the government’s Midlands Engine vision.

Find out more at the  British Business Bank website