Latest grants round-up

Latest grants round-up

Invest Ashfield & Mansfield - The area for growth

We understand that it’s hard to keep on top of things.  Particularly as regards business finance and grants.  In this ever-changing world, it seems that we are bombarded with new and conflicting information on a daily basis.  That’s exactly where we come in: we try to make things clearer.  In short, we do our best to keep you informed of all the latest opportunities.  And, at the same time, remind you of some of the other ones that may have been around for a while. 

Thinking of starting your own business?

Here’s the good news: we can offer pre-starts or businesses in their first six months of trading our Business Start-Up grant.  In fact this can provide up to £1,000, on a 50/50 basis, towards start-up costs.  Eligible costs include the purchase of machinery and equipment, business stationery and marketing costs such as advertising and web design.  Find out more.

Give us a call on 01623 463174 to discuss further or to request an application form.  Alternatively,  send us an email.

These grants are in addition to the Government-backed Start Up Loans scheme.  Every day, Start Up Loans help 28 business owners to access finance and mentoring to realise their business ambitions.  Operating since 2012, more than £300 million has already been provided in loans.

Even if you are not interested in the loans, there are a number of free guides available on the following topics:

  • The Essential Guide to Starting a Business
  • Marketing Toolkit for Start-Up Businesses
  • PR Toolkit for Start-Up Businesses
  • SEO Toolkit for Start-Up Businesses

These A4 guides can be downloaded here.

All about rural

You may have already noticed that there are now a number of schemes out there to help businesses in rural areas.  These include LEADER and RDPE schemes.  You may find the following posts really useful:

Ever considered a graduate intern?

If so, Santander’s Breakthrough Programme may be able to help.  Santander is passionate about helping ambitious businesses to succeed.  Building long-lasting relationships with SMEs runs deep in our heritage.  We’ve come to know and understand the needs of our customers.  In turn, this has helped us appreciate the challenges they face and support they need to overcome them.   As a result, we would like to help your business break through.

A variety of support is on offer around talent, knowledge events, connections and, of course, finance.  You can find out more on the Breakthrough pages of Santander’s website.


In particular, you may be interested in access to subsidised graduate interns.  Attracting and retaining the best talent is essential for SMEs to reach their full potential.  Despite this, not all students automatically consider a small business to do an internship or kick-start their career.  However, SMEs can provide a wealth of responsibility and experience that interns may not be able to find in larger organisations.  Through the Santander SME Internship Programme, we help SMEs find an intern with the skills to meet the needs of their business.  And, at the same time, we help interns find an SME to help them develop their skills at the beginning of their careers.

In order to be eligible for support, businesses should have an annual turnover of under £50 million and under 250 employees.  Furthermore, they need to be registered and based in the UK.

What’s in it for your business?

  • Students often bring new ideas and fresh concepts that can revolutionise the way the business see their activity, and this could open the door for further expansion.
  • This is a great opportunity for a company to tap into the enthusiasm of students, who can provide a valuable resource for the progress of the business.
  • The internships are paid £300 per week, placements over 2 weeks are half paid by the SME and half by Santander, placement of 2 weeks or less are fully paid by Santander.
  • Santander Universities will contribute up to a maximum of £1,500 per internship. The internships can be for a duration of between 1 and 10 weeks with the intern working on a full-time or part-time basis.

But don’t take our word for it, why not take time to read the case studies on Santander’s website.  Here, you will learn about the experiences of previous businesses recruiting interns, as well as the benefits internships bring to SMEs.  In addition, you can also register your interest on their website.

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