Programme Management

Greenborough has extensive experience of designing, bidding for, managing, delivering and evaluating programmes and projects using a range of public funds.

Current Programmes – European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Lincolnshire Investment Network (LIN)

Greenborough have been delivering the Investment Readiness programme across Greater Lincolnshire since 2012, helping hundreds of businesses raise the grant, debt and equity investment that they needed to grow.  We founded the Taming the Dragons pitching event, and have recently run the 6th iteration of this excellent pitching competition.  Since 2016, we have been delivering the ERDF funded Investment Readiness stream of the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub, helping 200 businesses; running 52 seminars, workshops and events; developing an investor network; partnered with 67 intermediaries and hosted numerous investment surgeries. Our clients have, between them raised over £2m in grant, debt and equity and also appeared on TV’s Dragons Den!


Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire

Since 2016, Greenborough have had 2 contracts with the Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire (ERDF funded).  The first is the programme management contract, where we support the University of Lincoln in their relationship with the funders, co-author the quarterly claims, lead the Innovation Programme Grant Panel and chair the Innovation Programme Project Team.  We also support the University in the delivery of innovation business support and, to date, have helped more than 200 businesses to improve their business growth through innovation.



Since 2016 we have held the brokerage contract for the Grants 4 Growth programme across the whole of Lincolnshire, helping small and medium enterprises access capital growth funding towards their investment in plant and machinery. Our role includes marketing the programme, assessing eligibility and fit, supporting and evaluating the Expressions of Interest and presenting supported applications to the fortnightly Grant Panel for approval.  We also help grant beneficiaries with their claims, ensuring that funds are drawn down in accordance with the grant award.



Current Programmes – Other Funds

Greater Lincolnshire Growth Fund

Greenborough holds the 5 year contract for the management and delivery of the Greater Lincolnshire Growth Fund, providing grants of between £150,000 and £500,000 to businesses in the GLLEP Priority Sectors that are planning to undertake “transformational change” capital projects.  We have worked with the GLLEP partners to create and implement the grant management process from cradle to grave, and our role also includes post-award monitoring.




West Lindsey District Council

We support WLDC with the management and delivery of a number of funded business support programmes including a grant funded shop-front improvement scheme; the Gainsborough Growth Fund; a business rates relief scheme for the Food Enterprise Zones and a commercial loan scheme.  We have partnered with West Lindsey for more than 5 years.


Recent ERDF Programmes

Enterprise Inc 1 and 2

These back-to-back, multi-University, ERDF funded projects aimed at increasing the number of graduate start-ups through our University partners in the East Midlands. With £5.73 million of funding across the 2 programmes, over a 6 year period, we provided the critical project management and direction; managed the bursary and grant payment processes; tracked beneficiary recruitment and throughput; undertook all quarterly claims; managed the annual monitoring and audit processes and drafted the funding applications with and for the University partners.  Over the 6 years, more than 450 new businesses were created and supported.

Partnerships in Knowledge Transfer

This was a £1.31 million ERDF project supporting knowledge transfer from 3 of the Region’s Universities into the small and medium business community by way of graduate placements for periods of up to 12 months. Greenborugh’s role was as project manager, claim manager, marketer and compliance officer.


This 2 year project supported small and medium enterprises across the East Lindsey District by providing focused and bespoke business support, advice and guidance. Much of the advice provided was in response to the lack of business growth finance, and the unpreparedness of many of the businesses to approach finance options.

Business Growth and Finance

An 18 month ERDF funded programme to help businesses across the County of Lincolnshire to improve their understanding of their own barriers to business growth and to raise the awareness of, and appetite for, a range of business growth funding options.

Business Growth and Innovation

This 12 month pilot to the Innovation Programme for Greater Lincolnshire was delivered by Greenborough in response to regional need for further investment in business innovation, research and development.

Recent Programmes – Regional Growth Fund

Lincoln Growth Fund

Greenborough provided the contracted Proposal Development and Assessment service to this RGF4 funded programme, aimed at supporting large scale capital investment by businesses in the Lincoln “travel to work” area. Our role was to recruit the business applicants, work with them to create a credible application and present that application – as advocates – to an independent panel to award the investment.

Grow on Growth

For this RGF5 funded programme, aimed at helping businesses to exit Incubation and Innovation Centres across 7 Local Enterprise Partnership areas in the UK, offered capital grants towards property acquisition.  Working with the University of Lincoln (who took over the programme management from UKBI), we provide the technical grant appraisal services and have subsequently been commissioned to provide detailed post-award monitoring.

Feasibility Studies

Will the idea fly or is it just pie in the sky?

Before any investment is made in a project or idea, it is vital that a good feasibility study is completed. This should cover the local area, finances, trends, demographics, historical materials and lots of other things to ensure the project can succeed in the market and area you’re looking at.

Here at Greenborough, we use proven and robust research methodologies, and the latest stats, to accurately map demand and effectiveness.

Utilising a fresh pair of eyes plus our expertise and resources, we’ve delivered feasibility studies for a huge range of different projects, ensuring that the strengths and weaknesses of a suggested venture are objectively and rationally uncovered.

Want to grow your business, need help?

We’re happy to advise and find the best solution for you and getting the growth you need.

These are some of the funds we’re directly involed in securing for your business growth. If you need somthing more bespoke we’re happy to help.

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