Government Growth Vouchers for marketing funding

You could be eligible for up to £2000 to help your business grow.

The Department of Business Innovation and Skills has launched an initiative called ‘Growth Vouchers’, whereby businesses can apply for up to £2000 match funding to help with strategic consultancy including marketing, digital technology, raising finance and cash-flow, management skills, recruitment and staff development.

Eligibility

Your business could be eligible if:

  • It’s based in England
  • Has fewer than 50 employees
  • Has had no paid-for strategic advice in the past 3 years
  • It has traded for at least 12 months

What you get

The Growth Vouchers programme aims to help businesses define the actions and advice needed to reach their full growth potential.

Most businesses will receive up to £2000 matched funding to help pay for that advice.

Drop me a line for more details hello@timmulkerndesign.co.uk

Website grants for small or start-up businesses in Chichester

To drive new and increased business, and to create growth, Chichester District Council’s Economic Development Service is offering focussed grants of up to £1,000 to help establish high quality websites, e-commerce and mobile sites for start-ups and small businesses.

Web development has moved extremely fast in recent years, and customer use of the internet has developed significantly. Many websites are now slow and poorly laid-out by current customer expectations. This includes a significant number built as recently as 3 or 4 years ago which are now in need of updating. Additionally, older websites are often incapable of being used effectively on mobile platforms such as smart phones & tablets, as they were not designed with such platforms in mind.

For the majority of businesses their website is an essential customer-facing tool. Many, such as restaurants, visitor attractions, local accommodation, events, retailers and business-to-business suppliers, have customers who expect to be able to access products online.

Objectives of the scheme

  • To enable recently launched businesses to establish a high-quality and engaging web presence quickly and affordably
  • To enable small businesses needing to make the move into online sales and bookings to add an e-commerce module quickly and affordably
  • To enable small businesses with existing websites to improve and upgrade their sites to meet current customer expectations, and to ensure their sites are ‘mobile’ ‘friendly’
  • The grant made will be up to 50% of eligible costs (excluding VAT) and a maximum contribution of £1000. Payment will be made to the organisation that has made the application and no work should be undertaken until written approval from the Council is received.


Are you eligible?

  • Businesses must be based in the Chichester District.
  • Grant approval must be given prior to the work commencing.
  • You can have up to 10 paid staff.
  • You can apply for an upgrade to an existing website, but it must be at least one year old.
  • You are encouraged to use a website designer in the district.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 February 2014.
  • All grant monies must be spent by 31 March 2014

Need a local website designer?
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TM Design created and developed the purse character ‘Percy’ as the centrepiece of the brand. The versatile character will be joined by friends, appear in videos and even TV advertising is planned.