Issue 12, July 2018

Matters

Grants of £2000 available to small businesses

Business grantsDo you need a bit of extra funding to help your small business to grow in Mid Sussex?

We’ve opened applications for our 2018/19 Micro business grants scheme and grants of up to £2000 are available to any Mid Sussex business that has less than 10 employees and an idea for a project that will help their business grow.

Up to £1500 is also available to help micro businesses take on an apprentice.This is the second year that Mid Sussex District Council has offered grant funding to help support the local economy and encourage sustainable business growth. Last year, our micro-business grants helped more than 40 local companies to expand and develop their business in Mid Sussex and we’re keen to have the same impact in 2018.

The grants are provided on a first come first served basis so apply now at www.midsussex.gov.uk/businessgrants 

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