Applications open now for small business grants

PR2166/WH/MF - 03/05/2018

Mid Sussex District Council is offering local micro businesses grant funding of up to £2000 to help them grow and expand.

The grants are available to any Mid Sussex business that has less than 10 employees and an idea for a project that will help their business grow. Up to £1500 is also available to help micro businesses take on an apprentice.

This is the second year that Mid Sussex District Council has offered grant funding to help support the local economy and encourage sustainable business growth. One of the companies to benefit dramatically from a micro business grant last year was Haywards Heath based Aquapax.

Aquapax produce natural water with a near perfect pH balance, that is packaged in renewable and sustainably produced, paper cartons. They applied for a micro business grant in 2017 to raise the profile of their brand with a targeted digital marketing campaign and they shot to prominence with a series of high profile partnerships.

The campaign enabled Aquapax to secure formal supply agreements with The Kia Oval, home of Surrey County Cricket Club, and a contract to be the Official on course water for the Dunhill Masters International Golf Championship.

“Mid Sussex is one of the strongest local economies in the country but we’re keen to do more to support businesses and economic growth,” said Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Mid Sussex District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Growth.

“The planned growth of Mid Sussex over the coming years will create thousands of jobs, see new business parks being built and bring investment in infrastructure. We want local small businesses to be able to benefit from these opportunities, grow and thrive. Last year, our micro-business grants helped more than 40 local companies to expand and develop their business in Mid Sussex and we’re keen to have the same impact in 2018.

“Funding of up to £1500 is also available to take on an apprentice and I would urge local employers to consider creating apprenticeships, especially to give more young people the opportunity of starting their career while learning a skill”.

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