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Still time to apply for theBe the Business Start-up and Grow grants 2014-15
18th August 2014

A pot of £600,000 is available to help businesses to start-up and to grow in West Sussex. Applicants will be required to provide at least 50% of the total project costs as match-funding. The business proposal must be linked to the creation or safeguarding of jobs in West Sussex.

This year, 50% of the funding available will be dedicated to specific sectors we wish to encourage to come forward with their ideas, particularly to submit bids with other businesses in the same sector to address problems they have in common.

These sectors are:

  • Manufacturing, particularly linked to healthcare, aviation or marine industry
  • Low carbon and renewable technologies
  • Tourism and local food
  • Care
  • Land based businesses

The remaining 50% of the fund will be open to applications from all sectors.

The maximum amount of grant that can be requested for any individual project is £25,000.  The maximum amount that can be requested for any sector project submitted in consortium is £75,000.

The deadline for applications is Monday 15th September 2014 at 5pm.

For full details including eligibility criteria, guidelines, application form and grant agreements please visit www.bethebusiness.org/grants.

Be the Business Start-up and Grow grants support

If you need help developing your bid you can book a FREE 1-2-1 session with one of our qualified business advisers.

To book a 1-2-1 session please email info@bethebusiness.org.

Be the Business Start-up Boot Camps

Developed and delivered by Dr Lyn Batchelor of the University of Chichester, the Business Boot Camps are intensive two day workouts designed to get people to define, refine and make their businesses real. Full of information, advice and guidance the free 2 day start-up boot camps helped businesses express their ideas and learn about the nine building blocks of business.

The final Boot Camp will be held on 27th and 28th September in Crawley and we anticipate places will book up quickly. To book your FREE place on this great event please email info@bethebusiness.org with your full name, organisation name and contact details.


“Brilliant to separate out the various elements of my business. It highlighted weakness / strengths and gave me a focus for the way forward.”

Tricia Wellings,Tricia Wellings Fine Art - www.sussexhrhub.co.uk

I thought I knew my market but now I know there’s so much more to find out so I can really focus my efforts in the right place and with the right clients.

Dianne Lambdin, The Sussex HR Hub - www.triciawellingsfineart.co.uk

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