MSDC allocates over £70,000 to help local micro businesses grow

PR2333/WH/MF - 01/02/2021

Mid Sussex District Council has allocated over £70,000 in grants to help local micro businesses fund projects that will support their growth.

The Council’s Cabinet Grants Panel met on Tuesday 26 January to consider grant funding applications from micro businesses located right across Mid Sussex. The panel awarded 46 grants that totalled £70,544.

Projects ranged widely from launching a new line of products to staff training and development, expanding business premises and offering new services to targeted marketing campaigns and increasing the delivery of services online.  

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

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

Councillor Stephen Hillier, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said:

“The coronavirus pandemic has caused significant damage to the global economy, so it has never been more important to support local businesses in Mid Sussex and encourage economic growth.

“Each year we provide local micro businesses with grant funding to back their plans to grow, expand, develop new ways of working and reach new customers. This year’s grants will give another 46 local companies in Mid Sussex a huge boost in these difficult times and will help them to make the most of the opportunities they have to grow and thrive.

“We have a strong and resilient economy in Mid Sussex and together we’ll get through this and back on the road to recovery. The rollout of vaccines for Covid-19 gives us a huge reason to be optimistic for the future and represent a huge step towards controlling this pandemic so that we can start to get back to normal.”