Grants help micro businesses to grow

Mid Sussex District Council has allocated over £12,000 in grants to help local micro businesses fund projects that will support their growth.

The Council’s Cabinet Grants Panel met last month to consider grant funding applications from micro businesses located right across Mid Sussex. The panel awarded seven grants that totalled £12,527.

Supported projects included funding for staff training and development, new business premises, targeted marketing campaigns and backing for the development of online services.

The Micro Business Grant Scheme boosts the local economy by encouraging sustainable business growth, supporting start-up and micro businesses in the District.

The scheme is open to any Mid Sussex business with fewer than 10 employees and that has an idea for a project that will support their business growth. In addition to funding for growth projects, a further £1,500 is also available for any micro business looking to hire an apprentice.

Councillor Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Net Zero said:

“We have a strong and resilient local economy in Mid Sussex and the business community is working tremendously hard to bounce back after the difficulties caused by Coronavirus over the past two years.

“A key part of our economic growth is provided by micro businesses and it’s vitally important that we support them as they grow and become established.

“As in previous years we have provided local micro businesses with grant funding to back their plans for expansion, development and innovation. These latest grants will help another seven local companies in Mid Sussex to make the most of the opportunities they have to grow and thrive.”