£10,000 Grants available

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Community Foundation for Calderdale have partnered with Calderdale Council to launch new Business Enhancement Grants for businesses who have recovered from the Boxing Day floods and are now ready to grow.

The deadline for the first round of applications is Friday 31 March 2017. Applications will then go through an approval process based on the criteria set out in the application form.

Before applying please familiarise yourself with our Grant Acknowledgement Requirements Booklet. CLICK HERE 

Since the floods, the Council and the Community Foundation have continued to provide intensive support to businesses to help them get back on their feet. The Council has paid out more than £4 million in grants and Business Rates discounts so far for immediate flood recovery and future resilience, and the Community Foundation has awarded over £600,000 through the Calderdale Flood Fund.

Now that over 90% of affected businesses are fully operational again, the Council and the Community Foundation are offering further financial support to businesses which have recovered from the floods and are in a position to start planning for growth.

Businesses can apply for a Business Enhancement Grant of up to £10,000 each to invest in their expansion, which could include buying new machinery or premises, developing their current premises or taking on new staff or apprentices.

Interested businesses can contact the Council at business@calderdale.gov.uk or on 01422 392222 for more information and an application form. The deadline for the first round of applications is Friday 31 March 2017. Applications will then go through an approval process based on the criteria set out in the application form, decisions on funding will be made by CMBC and Community Foundation.

Business Support

Did you know the LEP are launching a new business support programme?

Find out more on their website 

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RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

The Resource Efficiency Fund is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. 

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If you want to lower your energy usage, reduce your water and waste costs and minimise your impact on the environment, we could help.

Our Resource Efficiency Fund provides financial support and advice for SMEs looking to become more resource efficient in the way they do business.

We can offer free efficiency assessments, hands-on business support and 50% capital grant funding of up to £10,000 to help you save money and resources.

To be eligible for support, your business must be:

  • A Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (SME), defined as:
    • having fewer than 250 employees AND
    • a turnover of under c£40m OR a balance sheet of under c£35m
    • not being part of a larger group of companies that takes it over this threshold.
  • Based in the Leeds City Region excluding Barnsley, i.e. a trading address in the Leeds City Region.
  • In an eligible sector – this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, and (for grants in particular) those trading directly with consumers- e.g. retail and hospitality.
  • Able to provide evidence of your previous energy and resource consumption, for example your previous utility bills.

If you would like to register your interest and find out how the LEP can support your business, call 0113 348 1818 to speak to one of our business advisers. Alternatively, email  businessgrowth@the-lep.com or click here to give your details.

Royal Honour for B4C member

Business for Calderdale member Martin Haigh, founder of Brighouse-based training and development company, Lattitude7, has been awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Years Honours list. Dr Haigh receives the award for his services to the community, charity work and changing the lives of young people in West Yorkshire.

Martin said he was thrilled and honoured to receive the MBE and is looking forward to going to

Martin Haigh with MBE confirmation letter.

Martin Haigh with MBE confirmation letter.

Buckingham Palace to collect his award later this year. He said he does not carry out his charity/community work for personal gain but it is just amazing to be recognised for his endeavours. He would also like to thank the many people who have sponsored his activities over the years and provided moral support during his journey.

Martin has been a member of Business for Calderdale for a number of years and tries to attend as many meetings as possible. Martin said “I really enjoy the B4C meetings, they are very varied and there is always a warm welcome and a friendly face. I have had the privilege of delivering a couple of seminars for B4C and have done work with a number of the members. I would highly recommend this networking group to any like-minded business owners”.

 

Awards

Business for Calderdale have joined forces with the Halifax Courier to recognise achievements by businesses across Calderdale.  The organisation is run by a committee of local business people, chaired by Nick Worsnop, partner at Chadwick Lawrence solicitors. He said: “The Courier rightly regularly highlights the good news stories from the local business community. Our committee thought it would be a good idea to take this further, and once a month to present an award from Business for Calderdale to the best overall story. The winners will then be recognised further at the Courier Business Awards when an overall winner for the year will receive a special award”.

The winning business will be judged monthly by the committee and will receive an award from Business for Calderdale. The criteria the committee will consider is business initiative, significant growth in business or orders (including exports), business development and expansion in Calderdale, UK or overseas, creation of jobs (including apprenticeships) and that the business typifies the spirit and creativity of business enterprise, innovation and corporate social responsibility in Calderdale.

Business of the month winners…….


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