New fund launched to help SMEs in Dorset

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

Sullivan said there?s no particular type of businesses that are being targeted for support. ?Our ethos is to promote economic growth. We?re interested in looking at any application. We know there are lots of people out there with good ideas. It?s 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

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