ISO Funded Scheme for Manufacturing SMEs

About The Scheme

Manufacturing SMEs across the UK can benefit from up to 43% funding from grants to use towards obtaining ISO certification. The scheme has already supported over 2,000 manufacturers to date and created over 3,200 new jobs across England. The grant can be used for the following ISO standards:

  • ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems)
  • ISO 22301 (Business Continuity Management Systems)
  • ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems)
  • ISO 27001 (Information Security Management Systems)

In order to qualify, you must:

  • Be a manufacturing SME – your company or group of companies must have fewer than 250 employees, a turnover less than or equal to €50 million, OR a balance sheet total less than or equal to €43 million.
  • Demonstrate an intention to grow/improve – e.g. through increased turnover, and increased jobs.
  • Be located in one of the following areas: South East Midlands, South East, Solent, Hertfordshire, Enterprise M3, Sheffield, Humber, York North Yorkshire East Riding, Leeds City Region, Worcestershire, The Marches, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, Greater Lincolnshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, D2N2, Coventry & Warwickshire, Black Country. 

Benefits Of The Scheme

Qualify for Tenders

ISO certifications such as ISO9001:2015 can be a requirement in order to qualify for many government contracts and tenders. It can also be requested by suppliers. This enables you to win new business.

Demonstrate Compliance

Ensure compliance with legal, contractual or regulatory requirements and avoid costly fines. Your ISO standard is internationally recognised, enabling your company to enter new markets.

Reduce Errors, Boost Productivity

Poor quality and errors can be costly mistakes in manufacturing. The process-based approach of ISO ensures consistency, saving you both time and money.

Improve Customer Satisfaction

Monitor how your products and service meet the requirements or expectations of customers and other stakeholders. Standards such as ISO9001:2015 involve having a strong customer focus.


What is ISO?

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) is an independent, non-governmental, international organisation that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems.

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Are there any sectors that are not eligible?

Businesses operating within the following sectors are unfortunately not eligible:

  • Fishery and aquaculture
  • Primary production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products
  • Coal, steel, and shipbuilding
  • Synthetic fibres

Is my company suitable?

As long as you meet the requirements above, your company should be eligible. Once you have expressed an interest by getting in touch with Candy Management Consultants, an initial discussion will determine suitability for the scheme.

How much funding will I receive?

Grant values are specific to each business application. This is based on a variety of factors, including your region.

Maximum project value of £10,000 with a minimum grant value of £1,000.

How do I apply?

The application process is very simple.

  1. Contact Us Here via telephone or e-mail expressing your interest in the scheme.
  2. Based on the company details we take, we will determine your suitability for the scheme.
  3. If eligible, a diagnostic tool will be completed with your senior management – this generate a comprehensive report of where your business is currently.
  4. The report will be analysed and an action plan & potential improvement project will be discussed/carried out
  5. A Grant Offer Letter is issued outlining the priorities, quantifying and qualifying the anticipated outcomes and benefits of support provided.
  6. The project must be completed within 4 months



Tailored to You

Our Flexible 3 Step Process

Gap Analysis

We will complete a thorough gap analysis and review of your business processes to understand how best to implement an ISO compliant management system.

Build The System

Working with your management team we will build your new management system and where possible align to your existing processes to avoid disruptive change.


We will train your workers on the new system and how to maintain it so that you remain compliant. We will also assist you in your preparation for third-party certification audits.