Following the success of the district's previous Enabling Grants Scheme last year, more than £140,000 will now be available for small businesses in the Chichester District. This has been made possible through a partnership between district and borough councils in West Sussex.

 

The Enabling Grants Scheme, which will run for up to two years, offers a simple way for small businesses to access match funding of up to £2,500 for website and capital projects. Examples of eligible projects could include: improvements and upgrades to a website; the purchase of equipment or training packages; and, improvements to a premises and its fixtures and fittings.

 

Grants of £1,000 are also available to help businesses employ an apprentice or up-skill existing staff through the apprenticeship training programme.

 

One of the businesses that has previously benefited from the Enabling Grants scheme includes Stickers4Walls — a rapidly growing local business that sells high quality wall stickers, which are all made, designed and hand finished in their Chichester workshop. With grant funding, they were able to purchase a new piece of machinery that has directly and significantly increased their turnover.

 

"The Enabling Grant has made such a positive difference to my business, as it brought forward my decision to invest in the specialist printer by several months," says Karen Griffin of Stickers4Walls. "Year on year sales are up by almost 370% since the printer - which the team have affectionately named 'The Beast' - has been fully operational. This has led to two new jobs being created, doubling the size of the team to four, with further expansion on the horizon."

 

Managed by the council's Economic Development Team, this new round of Enabling Grant funding will give more small businesses the opportunity to grow and develop.

 

Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance, Growth, Place, and Regeneration says: "Supporting our businesses and improving the local economy are key priorities for us as a council, and the Enabling Grants Scheme is a fantastic way for us to help promote commercial activity and business growth across the district.

 

"The last scheme was extremely popular, offering a welcome funding boost to almost 50 small businesses. We hope this year's scheme will be just as popular and that the funding on offer will give many more businesses the confidence to try something new that will positively impact both their organisation and the district."

 

Small businesses in the district can now apply. Full application details can be found on the Council's website. For more information, call 01243 534669 or email business.support@chichester.gov.uk.

 

This is just one of the ways in which the Economic Development Team can support local businesses. The team offer a range of different services, including a business contact scheme. For more information, call 01243 534669 or email business.support@chichester.gov.uk.

 

Date of release: 5 July 2019

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