Grant is step to success for new small businesses

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DOG groomers, an acupuncturist and an accountant are just some of the people who have applied for a council grant which has helped 60 new businesses.

Havant Borough Council launched the Business Start Up Grant Scheme last year and helped 60 new small businesses in the borough to claim a £500 grant.

This year the council has money to help 80 more businesses with money from the government’s Local Authority Business Growth Incentives grants and 43 businesses have already applied.

The latest is Emsworth Stability Plus which tests cosmetics and toiletries for manufacturers.

Scientists Marion Smith and Lesley Spice are behind the firm which is based at the Old Flour Mill, Queens Street, Emsworth.

The firm tests products at certain temperatures and for specific periods of time and then issues a report on their stability.

The company has been going for five weeks and Mrs Smith and Mrs Spice have already made a big capital investment in testing equipment.

Mrs Spice, from Bognor, said: ‘We have invested a lot in storage facilities and incubators so £500 will really help us out.

‘David Harris from the council has been really helpful and given us feedback and told us about business seminars that will be useful.

‘I would definitely encourage other new businesses to take advantage of the grants.’

To apply, businesses or social enterprises must be full time and have been trading for less than 12 months.

The business must receive start up advice from Business Link or other support organisations or a professional adviser.

The money will only be given if the business is still trading successfully six months after application.

Councillor Mike Fairhurst, portfolio holder for Economy and Communities said; ‘It is important to encourage new business in the local economy to bring about growth and create new jobs.’

To find out more about the business grants contact Mr Harris, on (023) 9244 6460 or visit havant.gov.uk/havant179 to download a grant application form.