Business support grant scheme launched for Stevenage businesses

Stevenage Borough Council is supporting start-up or established businesses in the town by offering them the chance to compete for a grant worth £2,500.

Partnered with The Business & Technology Centre (btc), the council is encouraging businesses with no more than 10 staff to compete for the chance to win £2,500, £1,500 or £800 to help their organisation expand and grow. Local businesses can apply by filling out an application form on the council website, which includes a 500-word summary on the current and future plans of the organisation and how the money will support their growth.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 20 January 2017 and successful applicants will be invited to the council’s headquarters to produce a pitch on how the money will be spent.

 

  Chris Day of DayMedia Receiving his grant in March of 2016.

Councillor Ralph Raynor, Executive Member for Economy, Enterprise and Transport, said:

“The Business Support Grant scheme is an exciting way for new and established businesses in Stevenage to develop further and grow by competing for funding from the council. Good luck to all the businesses that apply.”

Previous winner of the Business Support Grant, Daymedia, a digital agency that makes bespoke websites and mobile applications for a variety of businesses, used the grant to invest in staff training.

Chris Day, Managing Director of Daymedia, said:

"The business grant was a real boost for Daymedia. We put the funds towards official Umbraco training, which helped us gain Certified Partner status. Not only did this further educate and develop our team, it has also helped us win new business too. As a Certified Partner, I believe we are now a more attractive proposition to clients, because it provides them reassurance of our expertise."

For more information on the grant, and to find out how to apply, visit the Stevenage Borough Council Website. 

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