Time is running out for small and fledgling businesses in Scotland’s coalfields to enter a £10,000 challenge to grow their enterprise and create additional jobs.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust decided the time was right to move from helping entrepreneurs launch new businesses to try to grow those already up and running.
The Coalfields Enterprise Programme offers awards of up to £10,000 to businesses that come up with new product ideas or produce a business plan to meet local demand for goods or services.
But the closing date to apply is Friday, September 5.
To be eligible, the enterprise must have been trading for at least two years and be either a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation. Longer established businesses may apply but priority will be given to smaller enterprises with modest turnovers.
Nicky Wilson, vice chair and Scottish Trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “This is a really exciting development for the Trust and takes us into a totally new territory.
“For the last few years we have concentrated on trying to help budding entrepreneurs launch new businesses.
“Now we feel there is a real need to support new businesses in the post-launch period, when they are often at their most vulnerable and can find it really hard to access funding”.
To discuss your project’s eligibility and apply for an expression of interest form, contact David Wright on 01259 272127 or 07989 355934. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.