If you are an SME based in the Northeast Of England, there are a number of avenues that you could investigate for help in grant funding for a specific project, or towards Wanwise strategic ICT consultancy to enable value-add to your core business function through existing or emerging technologies (e.g. cloud computing and server virtualisation).
A good first step is to contact your local Business Link advisor to see what funding streams are available, and which might be appropriate for your own project requirements. For example, recently, 50% project funding was made available to a new Wanwise startup client under the "Innovations Voucher" scheme for the purpose of strategic ICT planning consultancy (e.g. developing a scalable strategy for company email access, data backup, security, collaboration options, whether or not to use cloud-based services for some business functions, and the potential to use VoIP for telecoms).