Business Support Grants on offer in Stevenage

11 Jan 2018

Local people can pitch for grants of £2,500 to launch or grow a small business, as part of Stevenage Borough Council’s support for new and established companies in the town.

The council is working with the Business and Technology Centre (btc) on Bessemer Drive to encourage businesses to compete for grants of £2,500, £1,500 or £800.

The closing date is 18 February 2018 and successful applicants will be invited to the council’s headquarters in March to give a pitch on how the money will support their business growth.

Councillor Ralph Raynor, Executive Member for Economy, Enterprise and Transport, said: “We are committed to supporting businesses to develop and grow and this is a great opportunity to win financial support to help start up or take businesses to the next level. I want to wish every applicant the best of luck.”

Previous winner of the Business Support Grant, Dignity LC Services, provides accessible bathroom solutions for older and less mobile people. Cyanetics, an industrial biotechnology company, was awarded second place last year, for work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on non-sustainable energy sources.

Chloe Prior, Director of Dignity LC Services said: “Winning the grant has been a fantastic experience for Dignity. We put the funds towards building our brand, through branded packaging, as well as prototyping an upgraded version of one of our products.

“It really accelerated the development stages for our new product development, which will put us in good stead for longer-term business growth as the healthcare industry moves towards being more technology-based. We look forward to growing our business in Hertfordshire and want to thank Stevenage Borough Council for all their support.”

Businesses must have fewer than 10 staff to be eligible to enter, and need to explain their future plans and how the money will support them. For more information on the grant, and to find out how to apply, visit our website stevenage.gov.uk/business-advice/172667/

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