experts at Focus Consultants are reminding firms and private sector
organisations that the deadline for submitting applications for the latest
slice of a £3.2 billion pot of grants is fast approaching. 
Round six
of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, which aims to create economic growth
and sustainable employment in England, is currently open for bidding. 
But with
the deadline of 30th September for applications only weeks away,
companies and organisations are being urged to put together their bids now. 
at Focus, Heather Frecklington, said: “Focus has supported a number of clients
to secure investment from the Regional Growth Fund, with successes in both Rounds
four and five.  This includes helping to
secure more than £4 million of funding for manufacturer Bifrangi to develop a
research and development centre in Lincoln. Focus worked closely with Bifrangi
to develop their funding application, ensuring that the project demonstrated
value for money and would support employment and training opportunities in the
local community.” 
Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £3.2 billion fund, which aims to help companies
throughout England to create jobs between now and the mid-2020s. It supports
projects and programmes that are using private sector investment to create
economic growth and sustainable employment. So far £2.9 billion has been
awarded to almost 400 projects and programmes which are expected to deliver
573,000 jobs and £16 billion of private sector investment. 
Consultants, which is based in Nottingham and has branches in London,
Leicester, Boston and Aubourn in Lincolnshire, specialises in helping
organisations access funding opportunities and offers support right through to
project completion. Since being founded 20 years ago, in 1994, the firm has helped
to secure more than £925 million of grant assistance for a range of projects
and businesses across the UK and delivered more than £1.0 billion worth of projects and programmes
– making it one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country. 
current round of RGF funding opened on June 19th,” said Heather. “Funding
is focused entirely on private enterprise proposals and is available for high
quality projects that can generate significant private sector investment and
create sustainable jobs. The minimum bid threshold is £1 million.” 
As a
multi-disciplinary consultancy, Focus offers support at all stages of the RGF
process – from the initial concept and applying for funding through the design
and development stage to project managing the works. 
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