Supply Chain North East and Scaleup North East are delivered by RTC North. We can accept separate applications from companies based in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham (NE LEP area) for eligible projects.

Please note: This is a competitive process and a limited amount of funding is available. As a result, we have to prioritise companies and projects which can demonstrate significant potential for sales growth, new job creation or for new products and services which will be taken to market. If you are unsure if your application is suitable, please email or call +44 (0) 191 5164 400 and speak to an RTC advisor. Please note that RTC staff are now working remotely, therefore your query is likely to be dealt more quickly by using the enquiries e-mail.

Eligible companies must be based in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham with plans to grow turnover and/or employ more staff, be trading and classed as an SME, which means must employ fewer than 250 people and have a turnover of less than €50M.

Companies in the following sectors are not eligible for grant support:

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Processing and marketing of agricultural products
  • Shipbuilding
  • Primary, coal, steel, or synthetic fibre production,  
  • Banking and insurance services, including brokage services
  • Retail/hospitality (for capital grants)

Revenue projects

Revenue grants of up to 40% are available for projects costing from £2,500 (net). The maximum project value may vary according to budget constraints but is unlikely to exceed £6500.  Eligible expenditure is for external costs to deliver support, as detailed below:

  • Leadership Development
  • Marketing/Market Research
  • Business Planning
  • Communications/Brand Strategy

Ineligible costs include:

  • Internal salary/staff costs
  • Recruitment costs
  • Ongoing advertising costs
  • Website development

CAPITAL projects

Capital grants are up to 40% of project costs and to a maximum grant value of £22,000, however this may change subject to budgetary constraints. Eligible costs include:

  • Purchase of capital plant/equipment
  • Improving or constructing new premises

Ineligible costs include:

  • Routine building repair/maintenance
  • Normal business running costs
  • Land/Building acquisition costs
  • Computer equipment/software used in the general running of the business
  • Recurring licence fees, subscriptions, and service charges
  • Relocation costs

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Contact details

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Company details

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About the business

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- Private Ltd Co
- Partnership
- Sole Trader
- Other
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Current Income / Turnover per year

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Balance sheet

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Project category

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- Product Development
- Product Diversification
- Process Improvement Systems
- Design/Service Enhancement
- Product/Service Innovation
- Commercialisation of New Products/Processes/Services
- Intellectual Property/Quality Management
- Other

Please include project description, what is being funding, why and how project will contribute to the company’s growth plans

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Please indicate the forecast outputs relating to the project.

Employment Increase – jobs. Please clarify type of job below. Enter 0 if there are none:

* Managers / Directors
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* Senior Officials
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* Professionals
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* Associate Professionals
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* Introduction of a new to firm product/process or service**
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* Introduction of a new to market product/process or service**
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* Jobs safeguarded
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* Floor space Re-furbished (square metre)
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* Number of new Apprenticeships
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** This number can only be 1, as it relates to your company, not the number of products/processes. If your company introduces several products, it is still counted as one

Finances / GVA


Previous Funding Support (Deminimis)

by ticking this box you understand that projects are part financed by the North East – European Regional Development Fund Programme and your business may only receive State Aid subsidised support to the value of €200,000 within in a three year rolling period.
*NB - if your business is more than 25% owned by another organisation, please include the State Aid support provided to that business.

I declare that the comprehensive amount of De Minimis aid received by the company/organisation over the last three rolling years is:


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