West Sussex businesses boosted by grants

County Hall, Chichester
County Hall, Chichester

Businesses across the Observer area have been supported by £500,000 in grants from West Sussex County Council.

More than 100 new, start-up and existing companies applied to West Sussex County Council’s Be the Business programme in a bid to unlock funding of up to £30,000. Projects had to be 50 per cent match funded.

A total of 29 bids have been successful with £513,705 being awarded in this first round of funding.

Louise Goldsmith, West Sussex County Council leader and cabinet Member for the economy, said: “I’m delighted that so many people applied to our Be The Business scheme and that so many of those applications have been successful.

“This funding will provide an important boost to the business community in West Sussex. It is essential that people feel they are receiving as much help and support as possible and this funding is one of a number of things West Sussex County Council is doing to support our local economy.

“Our county has so much potential and these additional funds can help unlock that potential by allowing people to perhaps have the confidence to take that step to become an entrepreneur and start up their own business. And of course the funding that has been awarded to our established companies is just as important in these hard economic times.”

Of the businesses that will receive funding, 41 per cent are companies which have been trading for less than three years and 59 per cent are established organisations that have been trading for more than three years.

Applications came from a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, retail, education, child and youth services, food manufacturing and production, tourism and leisure, engineering and IT from across West Sussex.

As well as an opportunity to bid for funding, the Be The Business programme offers all businesses and companies across the county one-to-one support as well as peer to peer business networking sessions, workshops and events.

For further information about the support available visit Be the Business
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