More funding on offer for local businesses

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Cllr Smith, Simon and Colin from JubyLee Bakes

Crawley Borough Council’s successful small business grant scheme is set to continue with the help of continued funding from a county-wide pot.

The council has been awarded an additional £72,000 to invest in grants to support micro and small business growth in Crawley as part of a scheme that has already financed 37 small businesses in Crawley since it launched in November 2016.

As part of the scheme, funding is available in the form of a variety of grants:

  • Grants for small business start-ups, are available to encourage Crawley residents to set up their own enterprises, by helping them meet business set up costs.
  • Grants to help existing small businesses to grow. For example, this could help a business to pay to access relevant training modules such as business planning or employment law and recruitment. The grant can also be used to invest in equipment, product or tech development, marketing activity or research.
  • Apprenticeship grants for local micro and small enterprises (businesses with fewer than 50 employees) to offset the costs of hiring and training apprentices.

Funding of up to £2,000 is available for small business grants and for all small business grants, 50 per cent match funding is required from the businesses. The maximum amount available for an apprenticeship grant is £1,500.

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This scheme has already provided a lot of support to many of Crawley’s small businesses and I’m delighted that we are able to continue doing this.”

“Small businesses make up the backbone of a community and these small grants provide vital funding to enable residents to put their business ideas into action, encourage small and micro businesses to take on apprentices and help existing small businesses to grow.”

Funding has recently been awarded to local bakery, JubyLee Bakes.

Created by young adults with learning disabilities, JubyLee Bakes were granted £2,000 towards the costs of their business development plans.

General Manager at JubyLee Bakes, Ellen Tomlinson, said: “Crawley Borough Council’s generous small business grant has enabled JubyLee Bakes to completely redesign the packaging of our bakes, making the whole packaging process much more accessible to our learning disabled young people.

“There is minimal handling of the bakes which are heat sealed in individual trays before JubyLee Bakes distinctive logo sticker is applied.

“We would like to thank Councillor Peter Smith and everyone involved in Crawley Borough Council’s Small Business Grant Scheme. It has made a world of difference to JubyLee Bakes!”

Small Business Grants are available until the funding pot has run out and new applications should include an outline business plan to demonstrate how the investment will unlock business growth. For more information visit www.crawley.gov.uk/smallbusinessgrants or email economic.development@crawley.gov.uk.

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