Where can my business access support?

  • Published on 2nd April 2020

Help and support for businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak:

There has been a lot of information coming forward over the last few weeks detailing support available for businesses and the self employed. The iNet team has started to collate as much information as possible and bring it together in one place.

The first thing to note is that The iNet is fully operational (albeit remotely).

This means that we are accepting applications for grant funding and business support from our two live programmes:

All the team have full access to our IT systems and can be contacted by email, mobile phone AND our normal landline numbers.  Please contact us if you think we can help.

Whilst it may take slightly longer to process applications we will be prioritising any applications for equipment related to the current efforts directed towards the pandemic, e.g. new equipment required in increased food production, diversification into manufacturing PPE clothing and equipment etc.  

As well as grant funding our support also includes:

  • Two days desk-based research support/information sourcing - which could be used to help you get the information you need to pivot your business
  • Five days knowledge exchange/research support from an academic from Loughborough University (provided this research either had a long timeline or can be conducted remotely)

As usual your first contact point should be your Innovation Advisor (Pauline or Georgette) however all the team can see emails sent to inet@lboro.ac.uk and can pick up phone calls to: 01509 635270. 

The below information will hopefully be of some assistance to businesses looking to access other sources of support. Please note it is not exhaustive and we will add to it as and when new information becomes available.


The Government has implemented a number of schemes to help businesses stay afloat detailed on their Coronavirus financial support webpages:

Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)

The LLEP has a created a 'toolkit' for local businesses with information on how they are helping businesses right now:

Is there anything else you think you need?

The LLEP is collating evidence and information on what is happening with the business world in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland with which to inform Government.  If there is anything you and your business would like to bring to their attention then please either contact us at The iNet (phone: 01509 635270 email: inet@lboro.ac.uk) or complete this form on the LLEP website: Business Support Form