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Business grants schemes launched to support COVID bounce back

Released: Tuesday, 01 September 2020

Businesses looking to bounce back from the COVID pandemic and create jobs may be eligible for a cash boost thanks to Adur & Worthing Councils.

Funding of more than £140,000 has been made available through the Small Business Growth Grant as part of wider efforts to support the recovery and expansion of the local economy.

Businesses with up to 50 employees can also apply to the Councils for £1,000 towards the creation of new apprenticeship positions in their organisations, a move which is expected to create dozens of local jobs.

Applications for both pots of funding open on 1st September 2020 with independent panelists allocating grants on a first come, first served basis.

Cllr Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“We know these have been tough times for local businesses which is why we are determined to use our resources to support them, create local jobs and secure opportunities for young people.”

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to make funding available to help micro-entrepreneurs get off the ground while supporting the creation of dozens of new quality roles. Interest in this funding is guaranteed to be high so I encourage businesses to get their applications in as soon as possible.”

The funding has been made available as part of And Then ..., the Councils’ short, sharp programme of interventions and assistance to help the communities of Adur and Worthing bounce back from the impact of lockdown.

The Small Business Growth Grant is available to firms of up to 10 employees. Grants of up to £2,500 are available with a 50% match funding contribution required.

The Apprenticeship Grant provides a one&off payment of £1,000 towards the cost of taking on an apprentice. Individual businesses can apply for up to two grants.

Both are delivered in conjunction with the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership and aim to support spend with local suppliers and retailers rather than national chains.

All applications are considered by an independent panel made up of representatives of the local business community which meets every month.

For further details, visit our business grants page.

CASE STUDY

IBDRelief, a Shoreham-based social enterprise which aims to improve the quality of life for people living with inflammatory bowel diseases, was one of those to benefit from a Councils business grant last year.

To support its aim of producing accessible information to empower patients to learn more about their condition, the organisation applied for funding for a new computer to create online information videos.

Owner Seb Tucknott said:

“Since getting the computer we have been able to create over 50 short videos for a children's Crohn's disease charity. Without the new equipment it would have been impossible for us to be able to deliver the project within the necessary timescale.

“Off the back of these videos we have received commissions to create more video-based content, allowing us to take on someone part time.

“We are also developing our own app for young people with inflammatory bowel diseases. The majority of the content within the app is video-based and without the grant this would have been very difficult for us to do.”

Photo: Seb Tucknott of IBDrelief benefitted from Adur & Worthing Councils Small Business Growth Grants

PR20-101 - Seb Tucknott of IBDRelief benefitted from Adur & Worthing Councils Small Business Growth Grants

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