Help & Support Available During Covid-19

Michelin Development have put together a few helpful links that maybe of use to you and your business during these financial difficult times:


Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Toolkit:


Government Support for businesses: 


Growth Hub:



Michelin Development in the UK aims to contribute to the economic regeneration and long-term prosperity of the areas in which Michelin’s sites are/were located.

Michelin has always been involved in supporting local communities, both socially through participation in local initiatives and in the form of economic development support. However, the launch of Michelin Development provides an opportunity to have a far greater impact on our ability to support the regeneration of the local business community and in particular the creation of quality sustainable jobs.

What is offered?

Michelin Development in the UK offers financial support, as well as business expertise and advice, to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that employ up to 250 people. Applicants are able to choose financial help, business expertise/advice, or both. Support is available to viable projects that can demonstrate the potential to create quality sustainable jobs.

To find out about Support for charities or community organisations, CLICK HERE

Financial Support

Successful applicants can receive access to finance:

  • Unsecured loans from £5,000 through Michelin’s associate bank at a subsidised interest rate
  • Repayment period of three to five years

As the funding is private, it can normally be used to ‘gear up’ public and other forms of loan funding.

A Michelin Development loan can be used for a whole range of projects which are linked to the creation of jobs. This could include purchase of capital equipment, process improvement, working capital and marketing – to name but a few.

Note: in most cases, the applicant will be required to invest some of his or her own equity into the project.

Access to advice and expertise:

Applicants can access free, independent advice from Michelin’s considerable in-house expertise. The areas covered can be tailored to your business’ needs and could include recruitment, health & safety, sales and marketing training, or productivity – to name but a few. The advice and expertise support can be delivered to you in a variety of different ways including workshops with small groups of people or one-to-one sessions.

The Michelin Development fund is promoted via traditional and online media. Businesses that are successful in applying for Michelin Development support could be given the opportunity to get involved with press releases, case studies and other PR activities, providing valuable publicity to you and your business.

Our Mission

Working in conjunction with regional development agencies, local government and business support agencies, Michelin Development in the UK aims to:


Stimulate employment creation through attracting inward investment


Generate or safeguard sustainable quality employment within existing and new businesses


Assist in the shaping and development of projects in conjunction with local business-support agencies


Encourage skills and entrepreneurship able to support the long-term future of the local region

Who can apply?

To see if you qualify to apply for support, answer our quick questionnaire:

  • Do you employ less than 250 people?
  • Is your business in manufacturing, engineering or services sector (business to business)?
  • Will the funding support the creation of jobs?
  • Are you based in or around Ballymena, Dundee or Stoke-on-Trent (see geographic locations below)?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then we might be able to help you.

See the ‘How to Apply for Funding‘ section for more details

Geographic locations

Michelin Development supports SMEs in and around Ballymena, Dundee and North Staffordshire, which is where Michelin’s UK sites are/were based.

  • Ballymena (view map): We cover the whole of the County Antrim area, excluding Belfast
  • Dundee (view map): We cover Dundee, Coupar Angus, Cupar, Leuchars, Carnoustle, Arbroath, and Forfar
  • North Staffordshire (view map): We cover Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Moorlands

Applications must be supported by a viable business plan together with relevant financial account information.

Market sector

Applications are invited from any new start-up or existing small or medium sized business located within, or relocating to the areas above, from the manufacturing and service sectors (B2B).

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