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Corridor Growth Fund Seeks Applicants

Manchester City Council is actively seeking applicants to a fund to support research and development-related employment in the area known as The Corridor.

The £2 million Corridor Growth Fund, supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, provides grant funding to qualifying applicants to help underpin the private sector-led growth of the knowledge economy in this part of Manchester.

The scheme, aimed predominantly at small and medium-sized enterprises, will operate until 31 March 2015 and is expected to support the creation of at least 100 full-time jobs.

The maximum grant any one applicant can receive during the three-year period is around £169,500 (200,000 Euros.) 

The Corridor is a unique business location at the heart of Manchester’s knowledge economy, covering some 243 hectares with a 55,000 strong workforce. It is home to two of the UK’s leading universities and the largest clinical academic campus in Europe. The MedTECH Centre is on the Corridor and as such is a qualifying location for companies to base their business and access the Growth Fund.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “ Manchester has an incredibly strong science and research base and building on that is going to be an important element of the city’s growth. This fund should help incentivise businesses to locate in the Corridor area, attracting further jobs and investment.”Manchester has an incredibly strong science and research base and building on that is going to be an important element of the city’s growth. This fund should help incentivise businesses to locate in the Corridor area, attracting further jobs and investment.”

Businesses interested in applying for grants via the Corridor Growth Fund should contact corridorgrowthfund@manchester.gov.uk or info@corridormanchester.com  or get in touch with the MedTECH Centre to arrange free confidential 1:1 advice on applying for the fund.

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