Funding to help growing businesses


Following the success of the ground breaking Express and Star Green Shoots fund, its wider-ranging successor, the Green Shoots Plus fund was launched in February 2015 to further support business growth and stimulate the local economy.

Run in association with the Express and Star and Shropshire Star and administered by the Business Solutions team at the University of Wolverhampton, Green Shoots Plus provided grants targeted at small to medium-sized enterprises in the region. The programme is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Support was targeted at businesses from sectors identified by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) as having the most potential for growth and maximising impact for the local economy. These included; advanced manufacturing, building technologies, transport technologies, environmental technologies and business services.