Could your business benefit from a small grant?

The cake spa children

So far Lichfield District Council has distributed £33,658 to 29 businesses through its small business grants scheme. Now round seven is open and small businesses and start-ups across Lichfield District are once again invited to apply.

The council’s small business grants scheme offers small businesses and start-ups based in the district grants of between £500 and £1,500, with a total of £5,000 funding available in each round.

A maximum of half of the cost of the total project can be applied for. Applicants will need to outline their business expansion plan, how the grant will help achieve this, and how the money will be used to support business growth and create jobs. 

Successful applicants also receive 12 hours of free business support from Enterprise for Success programme, which includes a two-day start-up masterclass.

Since the scheme started in 2018, there have been 29 successful applications. These are from a range of businesses, including virtual assistants, IT recruitment, marketing, matchmaking, commercial cleaning, health and wellbeing, accountancy and dog grooming, as well as a zero waste shop, a cake maker, an audiologist and a wedding venue.

Laura Sutton, owner of The Cake Spa, a local bakery that specialises in celebration cakes and cupcake decorating classes for children and adults, received a grant of £1,500. This is to cover equipment for cake making classes, branded aprons, advertising, signwriting, leaflets and flyers.

Laura Sutton, owner of The Cake Spa, said:

“Without the grant I would not have been able to fund the cost of the equipment to help my business thrive. The grant has allowed me to host classes so more people in the district can enjoy making and decorating cakes!

“If finance is holding you back from growing a particular part of your business, the grant can really help you. It can also help with the general start-up costs of your business too. Obviously you have to invest yourself too, but the extra funding really does boost your business capabilities.”

Cllr Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said:

"It’s great to see businesses such as The Cake Spa benefitting from one of our small business grants. It shows that even a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference to a business.

“We have £5,000 available in this latest round to invest in local businesses and start-ups. I urge anyone wanting to get ahead to apply for a cash boost to help their business grow, which in turn will deliver economic growth and jobs for our district.”

The grant can go towards:

  • marketing
  • IT software and hardware (excluding laptops, computers, mobiles and tablets)
  • office equipment such as desks, filing cabinets and chairs
  • professional qualifications or training, such as professional body membership
  • equipment to support product or process development and business growth

The scheme is open to small businesses based in Lichfield District with up to ten employees that have been trading for no more than three years. It is also open to residents who are planning to open a business in the district.

The deadline to apply for the current round of small business grants is by 5pm on Friday 29 May 2020.

To register your interest in applying for funding and to find out more about the process, contact Jonathan Percival, Economic Development Officer, by emailing [email protected] or calling 01543 308149.

For the full eligibility criteria and to find out more visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/sbg.

Published: 2 March 2020