Last few business grants up for grabs

Press Release: 18/11/2013

Eco Car Care team with Rob Humby

Businesses in the Winchester District are being urged to bid for the final few grants of up to £1,000 available from the City Council in this financial year.

There are now only a few grants remaining so don’t miss out on this limited opportunity. Apply today by visiting www.winchester.gov.uk/business/business-grants or contacting Alison Woods, Economy and Arts Development Manager, at awoods@winchester.gov.uk

Ben Hogbin of Eco Car Care, an eco-friendly car-valeting service operating from the Brooks shopping centre car park in Winchester City Centre, received a grant from Winchester City Council to help develop their website. He said:

The new website allows us to promote special offers and prices as well as offering a gallery, community page and links to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The grant has opened many doors for me and my business is expanding allowing me to take on new staff, including an apprentice, and to operate from another car park in the foreseeable future.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, added:

Allocating grant funding is one of many practical ways Winchester City Council is supporting its local businesses. My administration sees every grant allocated as a step towards strengthening the local, vibrant economy of the Winchester District. I have enjoyed meeting the individual businesses who have been awarded grant funding and finding out what the grant has meant to their business.

The business start-up grant scheme is for businesses based in the Winchester City Council area that have been trading for less than six months.

Micro-businesses that are established and wish to take themselves to the next stage of their development can apply for micro-business development grants which were launched last year. Businesses with between one and nine employees can apply for grants on items required to allow their business to grow. These might include: purchases of IT equipment, website design, recruitment costs, help with relocation costs to expand the business or anything else which is essential for developing a micro-business.

The Council’s apprentice scheme involves allocating grants to apprentices to cover some basic costs which might otherwise be difficult to finance. These range from a simple set of work clothes to the cost of travel to the work place or training venue each week. Applicants must live within the Winchester District and the grant can potentially be used for any cost to the employee of taking on their apprenticeship which is not reasonably met by their wages, benefits, training provider, employer or other grants.