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Global Derbyshire Funding Add News134 to Scrapbook

Global Derbyshire Business Support Programme is funding secured from the Regional Growth Fund from Government. The aim of the scheme is to provide grant support of up to 50% to Micro-enterprises/Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Derbyshire seeking to grow, collaborate, innovate and export whilst creating new employment for local people and attracting inward investment. The objective is to ensure Derbyshire businesses are equipped to access, compete and thrive in the global economy.

Activity will be supported against 4 strands:

  • Start Up Support
  • Business Innovation & Development (including Supply Chain Collaboration)
  • Delivering Digital Derbyshire
  • Export Promotion

Who can apply?

If you are an SME (less than 250 employees) operating within Derbyshire. Applicants will be required to operate from within the administrative boundary of Derbyshire County Council which includes the districts and boroughs of Amber Valley; Bolsover; Chesterfield; Derbyshire Dales; Erewash; High Peak; North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

Your project must be looking to cost at least £8000 if you are a start up business or £12,000 if you are an established business as the minimum grant is £4000. The maximum grant available is £75,000.

To apply you will need to complete an Expression of Interest form to initiate the grant process - www.derbyshireeconomicpartnership.org.uk/global-derbyshire-funding/

The Business Enterprise Fund (Staffordshire) Add News133 to Scrapbook

Business Capital Grant Scheme

The Business Enterprise Fund is a £1.26m fund secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) administered by Shropshire Council.

It aims to assist individuals to start businesses, and encourages existing businesses to invest in projects that will result in increased profitability through efficiency savings and/or expansion and diversification of new products / services, into existing and new markets.

Grants of £1,000 - £5,000 (capped at £1,500 for start-up and new businesses). 50% match-funded by businesses.  For larger projects, grants of up to £5,000 for start-up and £10,000 for existing businesses may be available. 

Who can apply?

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest companies (CICs)
  • Tourism businesses - which qualify as SMEs
  • Located in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Staffordshire local authority areas

Who is excluded from applying?

  • Retail, including online retail 
  • Businesses offering services directly to consumers
  • Land-based businesses - refer to DEFRA
  • Businesses in the primary production of agricultural products as listed in Annex 1 of the EU Treaty

What can the fund be used for?

  • Purchase of equipment
  • Purchase of plant
  • Tools
  • Office furniture
  • Improvements to property
  • Creation of guest accommodation
  • Energy efficient/renewable energy heating, lighting and power systems

What can the fund NOT be used for?

  • Replacement and upgrading of existing equipment - eg computers
  • Software
  • Vehicles that require a road fund licence
  • Businesses part-funded from other public sources.

How to apply

Contact Staffordshire County Council. You will be asked a few questions about eligibility before an application pack can be sent out.

Contact: businessenterprisefund@staffordshire.gov.uk; 01785 277236; Staffordshire County Council, Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street, Stafford ST16 2LP 

Peak District National Park Authority Grant Scheme Add News132 to Scrapbook

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is now a part of the National Park Grant Scheme. Projects that bring environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits to the national park can be supported, with particular interest in projects that help to reduce the extent of climate change, its impacts and its effects on the Peak District National Park.

  • The National Park Grant Scheme is open to any individual, group or partnership from the public, private or voluntary sector.
  • Applicants can be from inside or outside the national park boundary, but the project should be linked to it in some way.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate, where relevant, that they have community support and that opportunities for partnership working have been explored.

For more details see www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/living-and-working/your-community/sdf .If you have an idea for a project you'd like to discuss call  01629 816 312, email sdf@peakdistrict.gov.uk or 

Peak District Cycle Friendly Places Fund Add News131 to Scrapbook

The Peak District National Park Authority is operating a fund to support local cycling and cycle-related activity for one year between February 2014 and February 2015. The fund is for improving facilities and infrastructure to create a welcome for cyclists at their destinations in and around the wider Peak District.

The fund is part of a successful bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) Community Linking Places Fund tranche 2 – "Grants to support cycling in national parks - Pedal Peak II – Moving up a gear”. It will be managed through the Peak District National Park Authority’s grant system. All grants must be spent and invoiced by the beginning of February 2015.

For further details please see - www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/peak-district-cycle-friendly-places-fund or contact Richard Godley, Sustainable Development Officer on 01629 816312 or email richard.godley@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

Business Centre Brings New Companies To Hope Valley Add News130 to Scrapbook

Four thriving new companies have joined Hathersage Hall Business Centre recently and the Centre is now approaching full capacity, demonstrating a clear up-turn in business confidence for the Hope Valley.

Vestey Foods UK Ltd has taken 1,000 sq ft of space over two floors of The Coach House for its poultry, seed and pulse trading divisions. Software development firm Acumen Synergy has taken 850 sq ft of space in The Glass House. JES Accountancy and Burwood Construction have also moved to the Centre.

The 12,500 sq ft Hathersage Hall Business Centre, which comprises six original Grade II listed farm buildings and two new builds, was developed by the Shuttleworth Estate, owned by a family who have lived in Hathersage for over 200 years.

Commenting on the new lettings, owner Michael Shuttleworth, said: "We saw a real lift in enquiry levels over the Summer and this has resulted in the arrival of a variety of new businesses as well as expansion by existing tenants.
"Our vision for Hathersage Hall Business Centre was not only to save these wonderful historic buildings from dereliction but to create desirable work space in the heart of the Peak District National Park. I’m a firm believer that to drive the economic recovery locally we need to support the creation of new knowledge-based jobs right here in the heart of the Hope Valley. We made sure that our workspaces were designed to be of the highest possible quality to attract successful companies to relocate into our area and also to provide inspirational places for local entrepreneurs to base themselves.”

Carl Scothorne, Head of the Poultry Division of Vestey Foods UK Ltd, backs Michael’s vision. He said: "I live in a village just a few miles up the road but had been wasting time and energy commuting into Manchester for some time. It wasn’t difficult to persuade the rest of the team of 7 that moving to the Hathersage Hall Business Centre was a good idea and they have all come with us. One guy lives in Hyde, only 8 miles from Manchester centre, and yet his commute used to take 45 minutes. He can now get to Hathersage in less time and enjoy a lovely drive on the way!”

He continues: "Being in Hathersage has enabled us to attract other specialists to the team, people who want to continue to live and work locally and we are already looking to expand the team over the coming months. Being so close to both Sheffield and Manchester gives us a really wide catchment area to draw upon.”

Several members of the team from Acumen Synergy live locally and had visited the Centre previously for training sessions in The Glass House conference facility last year. They liked the location, the design of the buildings and the quality of finish and so decided to take space for their new start-up company in The Glass House conference building.

The new tenants join existing companies including data processors Dental IT, corporate social responsibility specialists FWA, digital construction illustrators Marsotti, CQM Training, software company Illuminaries and Malaczynski Burn Risk Management.

Hathersage Hall Business Centre

All the buzz of Silicon Valley ... just with more sheep! Add News129 to Scrapbook

Spring has finally sprung in the Peaks and it’s even busier than usual at the thriving hub of Hathersage Hall Business Centre, where the new Glass House Conference Centre has just opened.  With 10 knowledge-based niche businesses already bucking the national trend and showing strong signs of growth, enquiry levels for the four remaining office suites are at an all-time high, companies are expanding and two of the businesses have just taken on Marketing Interns from Sheffield Hallam University.

Long-awaited blue skies heralded the launch of The Glass House Conference Centre on Tuesday 16th April. Light and airy, the new conference facility is ideally located in heart of the Peak District National Park (within 20 minutes of Sheffield city centre and less than an hour from Manchester) and boasts a capacity for up to 35 delegates seated in boardroom, U-shape or theatre configuration.

Glass House Conference Centre

Glazed to full height on three sides, with a sedum roof and energy-efficient underfloor heating, The Glass House enjoys an open outlook across the landscaped courtyard and gardens and is a fully-equipped with excellent broadband and en-suite facilities.

Bookings are already coming in from all parts the country, for everything from board meetings and expedition briefings to networking lunches and team-building events.  The marketing team are currently putting together a series of packages aimed at big corporations in particular, which will include overnight accommodation at the Losehill House Spa Hotel, local catering from the award-winning Coleman’s Deli and a range of outward bound activities including simulated game shooting, quad biking, mountain biking and trekking.

"Hathersage Hall Business Centre is a dream for any small business wanting to attract the right staff and impress visiting clients” declares Mark France, owner of Marsotti Digital Construction "I couldn’t hope for a better start to Marsotti’s expansion plans."

Thanks to an internship scheme funded by Sheffield City Council, the business centre is also benefiting from the input of two super-bright and enthusiastic marketing assistants from Sheffield Hallam University, on a weekly basis.  One of the undergraduates is looking after all social media, sales and promotional activities for The Glass House Conference Centre while the other has entered the world of investment research, working on new marketing material for Malaczynski Burn.

"As an institution we place great value on preparing our students for the world of work and employability is a crucial component of all of our courses.  This is an excellent opportunity and we hope that the experiences our students gain whilst working at Hathersage Hall Business Centre will give them a fundamental insight into business in the digital rural economy” says Paul Helm, Assistant Director of Student and Learning Services at Sheffield Hallam University.

FDA Design has been at Hathersage from the outset. Specialising in design services for the heritage and environment sector, Director Peter Farmer reports "Working here exactly complements our business ethos and has helped us to win significant new clients including the National Trust, Manchester Museum and Kelham Island."  These small hi-tech companies are all finding surprising synergies in this rural business community. Tony Bennett of Illuminaries is another of the delighted occupants and is inspired by the view of Stanage Edge from his desk:

"We love working in the Hope Valley.  It has all the buzz of Silicon Valley, just with more sheep!"

Glass House Conference Centre

Regional Growth Funding Opportunities Add News128 to Scrapbook

Derbyshire Dales District Council is now a member of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership. The SCR is inviting expressions of interest from businesses with the potential to grow and create new jobs from its £25m Regional Growth Fund allocation. The deadline is 31 January 2013.

For more information visit:

Update for new projects | Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

For advice and support prior to making your submission contact: giles.dann@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or business.support@talktalk.net

Young Persons Loan Fund Programme Add News127 to Scrapbook

The Young Persons Loan Fund Programme offers a support package to young people to help start their own business.

This scheme has now been extended to cover 18 – 30 year old applicants with loans of up to £5,000 available to help launch and develop a new business.

For more information contact business.support@talktalk.net or paul.stuart@dncc.co.uk

Annual Investment Allowance for Businesses Increased Add News126 to Scrapbook
With effect from 1st January 2013 the Annual Investment Allowance on plant and machinery has been raised from £25,000 to £250,000 for a two year period.  Further information at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/tiin/2012/tiin1278.pdf
Small Business Rate Relief Extension Add News125 to Scrapbook
Businesses whose property has a rateable value of less than £18k will be able to apply for a reduction in business rates through the Small Business Rate Relief scheme for another year. The scheme is now extended until April 2014.

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