Growing Corby today announces the latest official figures on businesses that have benefitted from its grants, internships and other services – and encourages more local business owners to apply for grants.
Six months in, Growing Corby, a European Regional Development Fund project, has awarded 45 grants of between £1,200 and £2,500, provided 19 businesses or individuals with free market research, supported 15 social enterprises and organised three internships worth £3,000 each.
These services have directly funded businesses’ development, provided the extra manpower needed to get projects off the ground, and supplied companies with the expertise and market insight needed for sustained growth. Social enterprises have received tailored advice and support packages, ensuring they are meeting the requirements of their business structure and taking advantage of all the benefits available.
Now Growing Corby is calling for more businesses to apply for grants, which can be for any amount between £1,200 and £2,500. Businesses must be able to put in 25% of their own money in order to apply. Applications are reviewed and interviews conducted by a panel consisting of Abi Simms from the University of Northampton, Stuart Hartley from Angle Technology, and Peter Rugyeni from Electric Corby.
The panel advises businesses to thoroughly read the guidance sheet available on the Growing Corby website, to come to their meeting armed with plenty of industry knowledge and evidence of how the grant will help them grow – but also to remember that it is intended as a supportive, rather than an interrogatory process.
Anthony Richardson, Marketing and Communications Manager at Growing Corby, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to help so many businesses within our first six months. Growing Corby is all about helping local businesses grow and thrive, creating new jobs and attracting new organisations to the area in the process.
“We’re looking for businesses with clear aims and objectives, sustainable development plans, creativity and innovation – because these are the businesses that will benefit most from additional funding. Our aim is absolutely to be supportive, not scary. For anyone who’s been thinking about applying for a grant but hasn’t got round to it yet, hopefully the volume of businesses we’ve helped already, will be a real kickstarter.”