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Business Basics 2 - SME productivity (non-business led trials)

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Funding details
Registration opens
28 Jan 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
17 Apr 2019, 12:00
17 Apr 2019, 12:00
Innovate UK

The Business Basics Fund aims to test innovative ways of encouraging SMEs to adopt existing technologies and business practices that boost productivity.

Your proposal must relate to the actions SMEs can take to become more productive by:

  • adopting tried-and tested technologies, accountancy, CRM or HR software or payment systems
  • adopting modern business practices
  • improving their use of such tried and tested technologies and management practices already active within the business
  • or a combination of the above

This is the second round of the Business Basics Fund. Innovate UK are funding 2 types of project in this round: trials and proof of concepts.

This competition is for trial projects where the lead applicant is not a business, such as public sector or not-for-profit company, businesses can only participate as collaborators, but cannot be the lead applicant.


To apply for funding to run a trial where the lead applicant is a business you must apply through the business-led trial competition page.

If you are an organisation whose idea is at an earlier stage of development, you can apply to deliver a proof of concept.