Money for nothing

Money for nothing 

While we’re still negotiating the terms of BREXIT, we are in a strange position where we are being offered lots of European money for all manner of exciting things.   This month one or two of us from the office have attended events arranged by various public sector departments giving us the latest news on the grants available and how to apply. building-1080592_640

It’s at times like this when I can think of lots of opportunities to take advantage of these grants on behalf of my clients.  Building renovation, setting up new waste recycling facilities, start up a brewery, put in cattle poof fencing along a river bank or developing a new piece of software to be the next Amazon etc.

Of course having the idea is the easy bit, the application processes is not for the feint hearted and is particularly difficult if you’re not digitally savvy.  Indeed some five years ago I had long flowing golden hair, this is now short and turning grey and I think this is in no small part due to the efforts required to “apply” for grants.  I’ve had experience of applying for funds for clients and as well as for my own business and doing it for myself is a country mile much more stressful and emotionally draining.  Taking a client through the process at least reduces the emotional stress for everyone, I also have a good feel for what “boxes” need to be “ticked” and the words that need to be weaved to explain what the money is for and why it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

If you have big plans in mind, now is a great time to get them underway and benefit from the additional funds.  Before you start, do a business plan and consider how you will grow the business, don’t buy anything (because very often you cannot claim back retrospectively), be prepared to get quotes or in some cases do a formal tendering process.  If time is short, ask for help – we’d be delighted to assist you.

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LEADER Funding www.gov.uk/guidance/rural-development-programme-for-england-leader-funding

RDPE Growth Funding https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme

Funding for low carbon industry www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-for-low-carbon-industry

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