New Business Start-up Grants for North Solihull

Following the success of the Kick Start grant programme, North Solihull Partnership have approved a further fund of £32,000 to help start-ups in the area get off the ground.

As before, the grant programme is designed for businesses that have been trading for less than two years and are based in the North Solihull regeneration area.

Grants of upto £2,000 per applicant are available – social enterprises and privately owned ventures are eligible to apply.

The fund is managed by Solihull Council who are delighted with the impact it’s had so far. Kevin Kane-Brooks, Project Officer says: “We saw with the first round of grant winners just how much can be achieved with relatively small amounts of start-up capital combined with access to business advice from the Community Enterprise for Success programme.

“Previous social enterprise grant holders have created 7 jobs, safeguarded employment for 10 people from a combined investment of around £7,000. A celebration event to congratulate these businesses is being planned. We hope many more community enterprises will benefit from the new round of funding.”

The Business Start-up Grants scheme is open until March 2015, with applications approved on a first come first served basis. Applicants must be accessing support from the CEFS programme or Enterprise for Success.

For more information about the Business Start-up Grants and to apply call 0121 667 6810 or email david@disecic.org.

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