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Briefing Events Announced for Round 5 of the Regional Growth Fund

Round 5 of the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) will open on 11th October and close on 9th December 2013. Funds will be available to bidders from the private sector seeking £1 million or more for high quality projects and programmes that leverage private sector investment and create sustainable jobs.

Briefing events on Round 5 of the Regional Growth Fund will be held through the country starting from the 11 October. The events will feature a presentation on how to make a successful bid and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions.

Attendees will have the chance to discuss their bid as part of an expression of interest meeting with a bid appraisal specialist from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This will allow potential bidders to receive advice on their application and get further information about the Fund.

Limited expression of interest sessions will be available on the day of the event. A dedicated day for expression of interest meetings will also take place approximately 1 week later in each region. Telephone sessions can also be arranged to suit.

To reserve a place at the event and to secure an expression of interest session with one of the bid appraisal specialists from BIS email growthfund@bis.gsi.gov.uk. You will need to specify if you require an appointment with a bid appraisal specialist on the same day of the briefing event you wish to attend or at the dedicated expression of interest sessions being held approximately 1 week following the event.

In advance of your expression of interest session, you will need to have completed and forwarded the Regional Growth Fund Round 5 Expression of Interest form [MS Word Document, 85.5KB] to the Regional Growth Fund Secretariat at growthfund@bis.gsi.gov.uk. This form must be submitted a full week before your intended appointment.

Below is a full list of events and the details of the extra expression of interest sessions in each region.


Date for event and expression of interest meetings Event location Extra expression of interest meetings Expression of interest meeting locations
11th Oct Royal Station Hotel Newcastle, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DH 18th Oct
Moongate House, 5th Avenue Business Park, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0HF
14th Oct Loughborough University,Sir Dennis Rooke building, Science and Enterprise Park, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU 8th Nov Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham, NG2 4LA
25th Oct 3M Buckley Innovation Centre Huddersfield, Firth St, Huddersfield, HD1 3BD 31st Oct Alexandra House, Lawnswood Business Park, Redvers Close, Leeds, LS16 6QY (Date yet be confirmed. This will be updated as soon as possible.)
5th Nov University of Plymouth, Tamar Science Park, 1 Davy Road, Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 8BX 19th Nov 2 Rivergate, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6EH
13th Nov Liverpool John Moores University, John Lennon Art & Design Building, 2 Duckinfield Street Liverpool L3 5RD 22nd Nov Floor 7, Arndale Tower, Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 3AQ
14th Nov Birmingham - venue TBC 21st Nov Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4AJ


Expression of Interest appointments will also be available in London.

If you are hoping to submit a bid below £1 million you need not attend this event and instead should make contact with fund managers in your area which can be found at Regional Growth Fund: a guide for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

For further information on the RGF, and results of the previous funding rounds, visit: https://www.gov.uk/understanding-the-regional-growth-fund#round-5

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