Supporting people through the recession

Winchester City Council has been working hard to implement a package of measures to support people during the recession.

In March 2009, £400,000 was allocated to projects to help businesses and residents in Winchester.

Three grant schemes are now available for businesses:

Start up grant scheme
Up to £1,000 for new businesses which have been trading for six months or fewer.

Business rates relief scheme
Up to 100% off this year’s business rates bill if exceptional hardship can be demonstrated.

Village and community shops grant scheme
Up to £20,000 in one-off funding to help local shops diversify, improve and expand to meet the needs of their local community.

Meanwhile, there is continued support for people across the District. Southern Entrepreneurs are delivering training and networking. Local residents have been benefiting from ‘back to work’ training days held at Winchester Business Centre, including CV writing and interview skills. There has also been a training day on how to become self employed and start your own business.