What can my business apply for through the small business grant scheme?
Please read the following guidance on eligible and ineligible spend:
If you are applying for machinery/equipment
- Machinery or equipment that helps your business to increase production, produce a new product or deliver a new service
- Machinery or equipment that will help to improve efficiency within a business
- A food producer wanting to automate part of their process to increase production
- A tradesperson needing a new piece of equipment that will help them increase their range of services
- Replacement of old machinery or equipment for new items but there will not be any added benefits of increased production or new products/services
- The purchase or lease of any vehicles
- The lease of any equipment or machinery
- Second hand equipment or machinery
If you are applying for adaptations to premises
- Extension, adaptations or improvement to premises which leads to increased staffing, new product or service development or increased efficiency
- A manufacturing business creating a new product and needing a ‘clean’ operating area
- A business needing to provide an office area due to increased staffing levels
- Any structural repairs
- Any works relating to utilities
- Any maintenance works
- Any statutory/regulatory works
- Any works to a premises on a short term lease
- Any purchase, rent, legal or insurance costs in relation to premises
Please note that any works may need to be authorized by a landlord, building control officer or planning authority.
If you are applying for marketing costs
- Website development including building a new website, inclusion of e-commerce elements
- A social media campaign to target specific customers
- Brand design including logos and campaign
- A retail business wanting to sell their products online
- A new business wanting to create a brand for their products and services
- Hosting costs, search engine optimization costs
- Licensing costs for off the shelf software
- Advertising costs
Please note the maximum amount for funding for a website will be 75% of £1,000.
Can I apply if I received funding previously from the small business grant scheme?
You cannot apply for more funding through this scheme if you have received funding within the last 3 years.
My business is four years old, can I apply?
This scheme is for business who are 0-36 months old. If you are an older business then please contact the Business and Community team to find out what other funding may be available to you. Email email@example.com
Can stock be included as an eligible cost?
No. The purchase of stock that can then be sold by a business is not an eligible expenditure.
Do I need to have an appointment with a business growth advisor to apply for the scheme?
Yes. You can book an appointment through the business email address firstname.lastname@example.org. The appointments are free and take approximately one hour. The advisors can help with business plans, cash flow forecasts and talk through your business ideas.
Do I need to provide two quotes?
Yes. This helps you and the council assess value for money and ensure that you are not spending more than you need to.
Do I need to include a business plan?
Yes. Our business growth advisor can help with this. You can view a template for a business plan and cash flow forecasts on the GOV.UK website.
I want to apply for a website but I am unsure what the costs might be?
The costs of websites vary greatly, depending on the functionality you require. As an approximate guide £1,000 would cover the purchase of a quality website. The maximum grant that will be awarded via the Small Business Grant Scheme for website development will be £750.