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We launch Rural Business Resilience Fund for the Isle of Wight

01 April 2020

We have launched a new Rural Business Resilience Fund for Isle of Wight businesses in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We have launched a new Rural Business Resilience Fund for Isle of Wight businesses in response to the coronavirus outbreak as we continue working to support the region’s businesses.

The fund, managed by Natural Enterprise on our behalf, looks to support the Isle of Wight economy by providing grants to rural small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) which are looking to develop alternative ways of working, delivering products and services to the marketplace, marketing expenditure and other resilience initiatives.

The fund is now open for applications with grants available for capital expenditure of up to £2,500. The grants must be matched with private funds (50 percent of total costs) and the funding will be provided in advance with full evidence of expenditure having to be provided within three months.

The projects which businesses choose to undertake must safeguard jobs to be eligible and must also demonstrate how they will benefit the Isle of Wight’s rural economy.

Our Chief Executive Anne-Marie Mountifield said: “The Solent LEP team is busier than ever, working hard to help businesses in the region and ensure they are supported as much as possible, during this challenging time. This fund has been created specifically for Island businesses to ensure the Island’s rural economy is in the best shape possible during this period and crucially as we come out the other side. The LEP is working with a number of organisations to bring as many initiatives as possible to help the businesses which make our economy thrive, feel supported and encouraged during this unprecedented time.”

Graham Biss, Managing Director from Natural Enterprise said: "We are grateful to the Solent LEP for this additional support for the Island’s rural business sector at such a challenging time. The application process for this new Fund has been streamlined to ensure these monies can be easily applied for and quickly received”

For more information on the Isle of Wight Rural Business Resilience Fund and to download the application form click here. Alternatively email Graham Biss directly to find out more.

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