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NEWS items culled from local, national, and international reporting on grants plus press releases from government in England, Wales, and Scotland plus some UK TENNIS NEWS


ROUND 6 SELECTED BIDDERS announced 12th February 2015:

A further £297m has today been awarded to local businesses across the UK under the latest wave of the Government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF). A total of 63 regional projects were succesful tbringing the total invested under RGF to £2.85bn - again around 70% of bids failed to be approved - and bringing the total grants awarded to date under RGF to £2.85bn.

A new round 7 is likely to be announced soon since the scheme has been extended by EU to 2020.

East Midlands

  • The University of Nottingham
  • Eicher Motors Limited

East of England

  • Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited
  • Bosch Lawn and Garden Limited
  • Nwes & Archant
  • CTruk Boats Limited


  • FSE Social Impact Accelerator (Programme) Ltd
  • Cavendish Consortium
  • Sharing in Growth UK Ltd
  • Economic Solutions Ltd
  • Creative England
  • YTKO

North East

  • Siro (UK) Limited
  • Bristol Laboratories Limited
  • Procter and Gamble Technical Centres Ltd
  • Company name withheld currently for commercial reasons (this name will be published as soon as possible)

North West

  • St Helens Chamber Ltd
  • Economic Solutions Ltd
  • Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
  • East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Victrex PLC
  • MSIF
  • M Sport Ltd
  • HPL Prototypes Ltd
  • Hanson Springs Ltd
  • S Cartwright & Sons (Coachbuilders) Limited
  • Barnfield Investment Properties Limited
  • The University of Manchester
  • BioCity Nottingham Ltd
  • Reform Energy PLC

South East

  • Vector Aerospace International Limited
  • Aeromet International PLC
  • North Sails

South West

  • City College Plymouth
  • University of the West of England
  • Plymouth University/SWMAS Ltd
  • Avanti Communications Group plc
  • Plessey Semiconductors Limited
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • Ashwoods Automotive Ltd
  • Anthony Best Dynamics Ltd
  • Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited
  • Corin Limited South West
  • Spirent Communications PLC
  • Tulip Ltd
  • Goonhilly Earth Station
  • Hymec Aerospace (UK) Ltd

West Midlands

  • NTM GB Ltd
  • Easat Antennas Limited
  • Brose UK Ltd
  • Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  • The Lighting Industry Association Ltd
  • Arlington Wheels Limited
  • Stobart Biomass Products Ltd
  • Conder Structures
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Jaguar Land Rover Ltd
  • Rimstock plc
  • Company name withheld currently for commercial reasons (this name will be published as soon as possible)

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • BE Group
  • CS Wind UK Limited
  • Finance Yorkshire Limited
  • Kemira Chemicals UK Ltd

This list includes successful Exceptional Regional Growth Fund (eRGF) bids announced for the first time.

More details to follow shortly.

Round 6 closed 30th September. A total of 174 bids were received with a total ask of £817 million. Distibution by region was:

Selected bids - the winners - will be announced by BIS in early 2015 and they will have until March 2017 to drawn down their RGF funding. It is to be noted that again there will be a failure rate of 75-80%, underlining the need for a well prepared and carefully argued case for grant aid to be submitted in order to receive RGF funding. Early and professional involvement in potential cases for project support is clearly a necessity.

Round 5 was closed to bids 0n 9th Dec 2013. A total of 50 Conditional Offers were announced on 10th April 201, these bids are now subject to a due diligence process which if affected by changes in the State Aid Map due on 1st July 2014, will need to have been completed and then become formal offers before this date.