Business grants: well kept secrets?
Grants can be a funny thing. Most businesses tend to think about what grants might be available when they’re setting up. After all, most of us have had the support of some form of business advisory service when we’re just planning our ideas and at that point, it seems there are lots of grants available.
Then we get busy growing the businesses that we spent so long planning. Every penny is poured back into the business so that it can keep growing. Our heads are down and we are consumed with the every day management of the business.
There might be the odd email or social update to remind us of where we started out but as time moves on, it’s easy to become really introspective when it comes to budgets and finance. Business owners and management forget to keep looking for available grants to soften spend.
Then a new Government grant might appear and because it’s announced through the national media, we look up for a moment. Then we look down again. Before you know it, the moment has passed and there are cries of ‘I probably wouldn’t have been eligible anyway’, ‘There’s always too much paperwork involved to be worth it’, ‘Grants are just for the new businesses’.
Well, here’s the thing. Some grants do just continue to be distributed locally and to be in on it, you need to keep up good relationships with the support services in the know. They are probably the same people who helped you set up in the first place.
However, when a grant is officially discussed by the Government and makes the evening news, it really is because it’s an important one.
According to DCMS, Scottish businesses account for 1,043 of the 25K SME’s that have received a fibre broadband grant of up to £3k, that means there must still be about 331,677 SME’s too busy working to look up and grab the opportunity to get better equipped for the digital future.
Don’t leave it too late. If your business is in one of the 50 SuperConnected Cities that the UK Government is supporting, talk to us and we’ll take all of the hassle out of it and help you work out if it will truly be an asset for your business. In Scotland, that means you Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Stirling, Perth.
What do you have to lose?
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