Unlocking business potential with major council funding

Rae Bryden, manager at Joules in Gunwharf Quays, who was the Manager of the Year winner and was runner-up in the Fashion Store of the Year category at The News's Retail and Leisure Awards in 2016.  Picture: Sarah Standing (170883-5016)

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BUSINESSES have been given a boost of more than £500,000 thanks to a support programme from a council.

More than 100 new, start-up, and existing companies applied to West Sussex County Council’s Be the Business programme in a bid to unlock funding of up to £30,000 each.

Twenty-nine bids have been successful in the first round of funding.

Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: ‘This funding will provide an important boost to the business community in West Sussex.

‘It is essential that people feel they are receiving as much help and support as possible and this funding is one of a number of things we are doing to support our local economy.

‘Our county has so much potential and these additional funds can help unlock that potential by allowing people to perhaps have the confidence to take that step to become an entrepreneur and start up their own business.

‘And of course the funding that has been awarded to our established companies is just as important in these hard economic times.’

Of the businesses that will receive funding, 41 per cent are companies that have been trading for less than three years and 59 per cent are established organisations that have been trading for more than three years.

Go to bethebusiness.org.