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Norfolk County Council, and the Federation of Small Businesses, are encouraging people to sign up for a free online business breakfast event to help them understand and apply for various grants which are on offer.

The quick-fire event will help attendees to understand what help is available, and how to apply. It’s aimed at rural and market town businesses and will help those who spend time locating and applying for grants, or who need help making their ideas a reality.

The meeting is taking place online on Thursday, July 7 at 8am, and there will be something for every rural business in Norfolk.


Graham Plant, cabinet member for Growing the Economy, said: “I encourage all businesses in rural towns and villages to attend this event so they can see the kind of help which is available. Rural businesses are vital to Norfolk’s economy and making sure that they can access all the support they need to grow and thrive in our county is hugely important and incredibly worthwhile, not just for these businesses, but for the wider Norfolk economy too.”

Martin Collison, chair of the Norfolk Rural Economic Strategy, which is backed by Norfolk County Council, said: “Ensuring rural and market town businesses in Norfolk access the support available to them is really important for the county’s rural economy. This is a great opportunity and I really encourage rural businesses to register for this tailored event.”

Candy Richards, East Anglia’s development manager for the FSB, said: “Locally, there is a wide range of support available for small businesses. But, for a busy business owner, we know that it can be difficult to keep track of the different grants and schemes set-up to provide support.

“That’s why we’re really pleased to be supporting Norfolk County Council to deliver their business-focused breakfast event. Designed to be fast-paced, it brings together vital information about some of the local initiatives available to help entrepreneurs in rural Norfolk to grow their business.”

During the hour-long event, attendees will see snappy presentations from many business support programmes including:

DRIVE: A scheme which offers capital grants between £5,000 and £40,000, which can be up to 40 per cent of the total project costs

Insight Apprentice: If you’ve never recruited an apprentice before and aren’t sure if it's right for you, then Insight Apprentice gives a free tailored package of support for your small or medium sized business

Innovation Grant Mentoring: Get mentoring and bid writing support to help you get the funding you need to develop a project or idea

Internet of Things Network: This network gives businesses the ability to experiment and build solutions on the largest free-to-use public sector long range wide area network in the UK

EXPERIENCE: A project which is working with traditional tourism organisations such as accommodation and museums, as well as less traditional businesses such as foresters, yarn spinners and potters, to develop exciting, sustainable experiential activities and attract new visitors to Norfolk

New Anglia Small Grants scheme: This scheme offers grants from £1,000 to £25,000 to help you grow your business. These normally cover up to 20 per cent of your total project costs.

The address to register a place is: https://www.fsb.org.uk/event-calendar/funding-and-support-for-small-businesses-in-rural-norfolk-7thjuly22.html

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