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Looking for finance and support for your start up or micro- business?

In January 2022, the CPCA Growth Hub launched Start and Grow – a new, intensive programme of structured business support and grants, funded by the Community Renewal Fund (CRF) and our Local Authority partners.

If you are an entrepreneur considering starting a business; or have already started, but been trading for less than 3 years with 3 or less staff, and in Peterborough, Huntingdonshire or Fenland local authority areas, you could be eligible for grant funding and strategic business support through the Growth Hub. 

So far, many businesses have benefited from our support and grants to help start and grow and we are delighted to have supported many of you through the application process. 

Due to the hundreds of businesses that have applied to the programme already, new grant applications are temporarily paused, as is our workshop programme. 

You can still apply to join, however new applicants will be added to a waiting list, and once the application process opens again, we will contact you to invite you onto the programme.


  • For entrepreneurs, we will help you develop your business plans to provide you with the best chance to qualify for a start-up grant. Download the brochure
  • For existing businesses, we will equip you with leadership and business planning skills to expand into new markets, create more jobs, increase profitability and productivity. Your new business planning skills will optimise your opportunity to gain a CRF grant, providing the financial support for your business growth.                           Download the brochure 
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Support offered on a first come-first served basis:Act Now!


Our support will mean your business is more likely to survive and thrive, through a combination of skills development, business planning and access to the CRF grant provision.


At this stage we are asking entrepreneurs and businesses to express their interest in getting this support.  Please use the short form below to register your interest, after which one of our business advisors will contact you.

Act now to maximise your chance for support since there is only a finite grant pot which will be available for 6 months (ending June 22).


The new business support and grant programme is funded through HM Government’s Community Renewal Fund, focussed on regenerating communities and enabling more people to benefit from economic growth through investment in skills, enterprise and employment.

The Combined Authority and its partners received funding from the CRF for this new business support and grant programme, which will be delivered across Peterborough, Fenland and Huntingdonshire local authority areas. It will equip new and existing enterprises with the business skills they need for sustainable growth and creating new jobs. The project is also supported and in partnership with Peterborough City Council and Fenland and Huntingdonshire District Councils.