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New fund launched to help SMEs in Dorset

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The Economic Growth Fund can be used for capital or revenue costs for grants of up to 5,000 per application and is available to small and start- up businesses, social enterprises and co-operatives, voluntary and community groups.

This years allocation for the scheme is 56,000. Susan Sullivan, economic development officer at North Dorset District Council, says: Were hoping that amount will continue every year over the next three years. [However] with the squeeze on local governments it’s difficult to know.

Sullivan said theres no particular type of businesses that are being targeted for support. Our ethos is to promote economic growth. Were interested in looking at any application. We know there are lots of people out there with good ideas. Its just about having that bit of funds to get them sets,” she said.

To request an application form or more information contact Sullivan on 01258 454005 or ssullivan@north-dorset.gov.uk.

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