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Apply for the Enterprise Skills and Employment Grant 2017

Date issued: 14 September 2017

Applications are invited for funding currently available from the 2017 round of Colchester Borough Council's Enterprise Skills and Employment Grant.

This year, not-for-profit organisations and micro businesses (those with less than 10 employees) based in the Borough can apply for a share of £75,500 in funding. This is the first year that local micro businesses have been invited to apply for development grant funding for projects that will help them to grow their business.

The Enterprise Skills and Employment Grant supports increased economic prosperity, enabling residents and businesses to develop new skills to help them achieve their full potential. The purpose of the grants is to act as a catalyst to stimulate economic prosperity across the Borough, specifically to support the creation of new jobs, new businesses and to help residents maximise their job opportunities through improving their skills base.

Previous beneficiaries of the grant include Colbea, Signpost Colchester and Space Studios. Among the benefits for Colchester residents from these grants was support for start-up businesses, training and employment opportunities for young people not in education employment and training, digital training opportunities, and advice and guidance on entering sustainable work.

Councillor Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for  Business and Culture (and Deputy Leader of the Council), said: "We are once again delighted to be able to provide this funding and to give local people the chance to maximise their skills, which is key to remaining competitive in the current employment market and will help us to deliver economic prosperity locally.

"Small- to medium-sized businesses are a driving force in Colchester's economy, and the Council is committed to working with local businesses in ways that give them the confidence to invest and help create more skilled and long-term jobs in the Borough."

Applications can be submitted from Friday 15 September until the closing date on Friday 6 October 2017

For more information on the Enterprise Grant, or to request an application form, please email enterprise@colchester.gov.uk

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