Richmondshire District Council

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

Eligible spend:

  • 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

Examples:

  • 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

Ineligible spend:

  • 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

Eligible spend:

  • Extension, adaptations or improvement to premises which leads to increased staffing, new product or service development or increased efficiency

Examples:

  • 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

Ineligible spend:

  • 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

Eligible spend:

  • 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

Examples:

  • A retail business wanting to sell their products online
  • A new business wanting to create a brand for their products and services

Ineligible spend:

  • 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.


FAQs

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 business@richmondshire.gov.uk

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 business@richmondshire.gov.uk. 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.  

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