Support and Assistance Now Available for SME Builders

We’re delighted to announce that Northamptonshire Growth Hub is now providing local support and assistance to small and medium sized builders.

Backed by the Government, the support is designed to help builders who may not have the capacity or capabilities to research and access the best service and support available to them. With our help, SME builders can maximise their growth potential and output.

Northamptonshire Growth Hub wants to help local SME builders overcome some of the speculative risks to growth, and to educate colleagues in LEPs and LAs to the benefits that working with this sector can bring.

Support for SMEs is a Government-wide initiative and pillar of the BEIS Green paper ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’.

Why we want to help

SME builders help to provide greater diversification and more resilience in the market. They provide better quality homes which fit to local need. SMEs support the local labour force and supply chain providing a multiplier effect within the local economy. Furthermore, SME builders proportionately recruit more apprentices than the larger builders.

Local Authorities can provide support by unlocking small sites which have multiple benefits. Statistics show that small sites result in proportionately quicker build out rates. There is more support by local communities for local business.

How Northamptonshire Growth Hub can help

We can:

1. Access to viable small sites

How Northamptonshire Growth Hub can help:

  • Signpost you to Government land using Government Property Finder.
  • Signpost to commercial land finding solutions.
  • Help SMEs better understand options to purchase land such as joint ventures with the land owner.

2. Planning inconsistency and delays

We can:

  • Signpost to Planning Portal and other resources.
  •  Signpost to early engagement with utilities.

3. Finance

We can:

Signpost to Government support and commercial support (including finance for land purchase).

4. Business support

We can:

Talk through your requirements in order to build your business skills and knowledge.

Talk to us!

If you’d like to find out more about the support and assistance we can offer SME builders, please get in touch and speak to our friendly team.

Useful links

Small sites

Public land for sale by the homes and communities agency: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/public-land-for-sale-by-the-homes-and-communities-agency

Find Government property: https://www.gov.uk/find-government-property

Planning 

Pre-application Advice: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200126/applications/59/how_to_apply/4

Planning Portal: Support, information and advice on all stages of the process: https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200127/planning

Home Building Fund – loan finance for 5+ homes: https://homebuildingfund.campaign.gov.uk/

Other regional LEP funding

Business finance support: https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support

Training, development, and business support

CITB training, apprentices, grants and funding: http://www.citb.co.uk/

Access to business support and advice

Finance and support for your business: https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support?keywords=&types_of_support%5B%5D=expertise-and-advice&industries%5B%5D=construction&business_sizes%5B%5D=under-10&business_sizes%5B%5D=between-10-and-249

Utilities

Better connected is a practical guide to utilities for home builders. It offers advice on what to expect and how to get the best result: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/better-connected-a-practical-guide-to-utilities-for-home-builders

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