Grants worth £1,500 available to Northamptonshire start-up businesses struggling with Covid-19

Ongoing support and year's free membership with the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce also up for grabs

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 2:06 pm

Grants worth £1,500 and support is available to start-up businesses in Northamptonshire struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The funds are being offered by the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire (BIPC) to firms that have been registered for 12 months or less or just need help through its Reset. Restart scheme.

Successful applicants will also receive a year’s free membership with the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce and ongoing support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team

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The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire supports small businesses by hosting free events, such as networking, workshops, seminars and webinars in libraries across the county

Northamptonshire County Council deputy leader Lizzy Bowen said: “We know this is a difficult time for start-ups.

"That’s why we are delivering a dedicated webinar programme to support entrepreneurs and business owners, which can be accessed remotely.

“As an extension of the Reset. Restart programme, we wanted to go that one step further, and so we are delighted to be able to support start-ups with a £1,500 grant to help bring to life new businesses to start-up, innovate and grow.”

Reset. Restart was launched by the British Library's Business & IP Centre in October to support SMEs through the Covid-19 crisis, which has regional centres across the country, including Northamptonshire.

The deadline for applications for the small business grants is midnight on March 28.

Shortlisted applicants have to make a Dragon's Den-style presentation to the panel on April 15 and 16 and the winners will be notified by April 30 before a public announcement at the beginning of May.

For more information, visit northamptonshire.gov.uk/businesslibrary.