Grant scheme aims to create more business start-ups

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If you have ever dreamed of being your own boss and have a great idea for a business, a grant to help you on your way could be just what you need to make your ideas a reality.

We are offering business start-up grants of £3,000 to local residents who have been made redundant or are out of work, and planning to start a business over the next year. 

In total the we have set aside £200,000 from the Additional Restrictions Grant funding we received from the Government, to invest in new local businesses.

The grants, which will not need to be match-funded, can be spent on:  

  • Business equipment, excluding laptops, mobile phones and tablets
  • Marketing
  • Professional qualifications or training

To be considered for support, prospective applicants must first go on a start-up masterclass workshop provided by Enterprise for Success before applying for a grant. This two-day interactive session will be a useful way to get expert advice to help create a sound business plan. 

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Development, said:

“On top of helping businesses to come out the other side of lockdown, we also want to invest in local people who are out of work, and help them realise their dreams of building a business.

“This is why we are launching a business start-up grant scheme, which aims to give local entrepreneurs the boost and skills they need to start a new venture. 

“We are looking forward to receiving funding applications, and to seeing more businesses established across the district, while helping more people into employment.” 

The four applications rounds are: 

  • 28 May 2021
  • 27 August 2021
  • 26 November 2021
  • 28 January 2022

The scheme will run until January 2022, or when all the funding has been allocated. For the criteria and to find out how to apply visit our start-up grant scheme page

Published: 18 March 2021