All WEAF members, together with the aerospace and advanced engineering sector in general, have one thing in common – a desire to sustain and grow their businesses.

Finding new prospects, increasing orders with the existing customer base and accessing the right kind of funding and finance are key to any business’ success.

Whatever challenges there are in the political landscape, there are still new contract opportunities out there, as well as access to grants and other funding sources; Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) websites in particular are great places to start exploring local options.

What’s more, WEAF events are specifically designed to help you learn about new technologies, OEM products and upgrades, as well as to highlight how procurement strategies are developing throughout the supply chain. The aim of these events is to provide insider information and present new opportunities.

The information and links below are offered to help navigate the growth and funding landscape.

Tendering

govuk
Search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.

exporting-is-great
Find overseas contracts, tenders and projects.

defense-contracts-online
Join over 30,000 businesses already registered for free on MOD Defence Contracts Online (DCO).

Research and development

Innovate UK
Businesses and research organisations can enter national and European funding competitions to help develop innovations.
ATI Logo
Established as part of the UK Aerospace Growth Partnership, the institute invests in technologies consistent with aircraft updates, new aircraft and the sector’s strengths. Its aim is to sustain and advance the UK’s internationally-competitive aerospace industry.

Advice on finance

(with thanks to GFirst LEP)

Local Enterprise Partnerships

The following links will take you to the LEP ‘funding pages’ for local opportunities, grants and business finance arrangements.

It’s always worth exploring the ‘business zones’ on the LEP websites too.

cios-lep
dorset
gfirst
heart-of-south-west
swindon-wiltshire
west-of-england

Further funding information

business-west
One of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the south west.

bgf
Established in 2011 to help Britain’s growing small- and medium-sized businesses. Backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered – BGF is an independent company with up to £2.5 billion available for long-term equity investments.

lloyds
Lloyds Bank is a valued member of WEAF and is committed to backing the ambitions of UK SMEs, both at home and abroad.