Businesses across Stoke-on-Trent can apply for grants of up to £10,000 – giving them further support to get through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Stoke-on-Trent Recovery and Growth Grant will enable small to medium sized enterprises (SME) to recover and continue their growth. The grant is aimed primarily at businesses that have not received any financial support to date, however, applications are open to all SMEs.
The Recovery and Growth grant, administered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, will enable businesses to purchase items and employ external consultants or professional services to aid development, with a focus on digitalisation and diversification. This could include the creation or development of new and existing websites, building and expanding presence on digital platforms and developing digital marketing strategies.
Cllr Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, said: “It’s great that so many businesses have already benefited from grant funding through the city council which has assisted them through the pandemic, and I’m really pleased we can now offer this additional help. Small and medium sized businesses are so often the heartbeat of the economy and our communities, and we want them to thrive. That’s why this funding is so important and I would encourage all eligible businesses to take a look and apply for this new source of help.”
To be eligible, businesses must have been actively trading since before August 1, 2021 and pay business rates, or council tax, to Stoke-on-Trent City Council. SMEs employ fewer than 250 full-time equivalent people.
More information about the fund, including details on how to apply and eligibility, can be found at https://www.stoke.gov.uk/recoveryandgrowthgrant.
Applications close on Friday, February 11 2022 and grants will be decided by a panel. Priority will be given to businesses that have not received previous grant support. If you are unsure if you have already received funding then please contact the Business Growth Team on 01782 236878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to applying.