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Investment & Funding

Make sure you are making the most of all of the available financial support for fashion and textile businesses. There are sources that can support your business in the areas of R&D, innovation and skills & training. UKFT has also prepared a Guide to Attracting Investment.

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Sources of Funding

Potential funding sources for fashion and textile businesses.

Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology Partnership

Funding from the Fashion, Textiles, Technology, SME Research & Development Programme. Find out more.

Future Fashion Factory

Research and development (R&D) grants for fashion and textile businesses. Find out more.

Innovate UK

Funding for research and innovation. Find out more.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Local non-sectoral funding for businesses. Find out more.

Made Smarter

The Made Smarter Adoption programme helps SME manufacturers modernise, go digital and create new jobs in selected areas in England. Find out more.

Help to Grow

Two government-backed programmes (Help to Grow: Management Course and Help to Grow: Digital) help SMEs to learn new skills, reach more customers and boost profits. Find out more.

Creative Growth Finance

Creative UK has partnered with Tridos Bank to offer loans of £100,000 to £1m to help businesses grow, via the Creative Growth Finance fund. Find out more.

Invest Northern Ireland (NI only)

As the regional business development agency, Invest NI’s role is to grow the local economy by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. Find out more.

Scottish Enterprise (Scotland only)

As Scotland’s main economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise offer specific support for textile companies to attract international trade and investment. Find out more.

Scottish EDGE (Scotland only)

A competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent. Find out more.

Interface Innovation Voucher Scheme (Scotland Only)

An opportunity for Scottish small and medium-sized (SMEs) to work with academic experts to solve problems that may help expand their company and offer solutions which cannot obtained commercially. Find out more.

Creative Scotland (Scotland Only)

Creative Scotland support the arts, screen, and creative industries across Scotland. They distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Find out more.

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