Are you looking at plans for next year, considering increasing production, improving processes and in need of funds to help you with this? Well, we’ve teamed up with the Dorset Growth Hub to bring you their Growth Grants Workshops, a virtual event that can help you get your head around the application procedure.

The Growth Grants workshop will see Dawn Leader, Dorset Growth Hub’s Business Growth Consultant walk you through the process of applying for a Growth Grant from Dorset Growth Hub. Dawn will answer your questions on what you can and can’t apply for, as well as give you tips to give your application the best chance of success.

There will also be examples shared from previous grant applications from food and drink manufacturers (brewers, coffee roasters, winemakers, cheesemakers) to help inspire you. The aim of this event is to provide an in-depth understanding of our Growth Grant process, a look at the guidelines and the application form. We aim to give you all the information you need to write a compelling grant bid.

This webinar is for ambitious Dorset Food and Drink producers/manufacturers and business owners or decision-makers that are in the planning phase of a project that aims to bring business growth. The business must have been successfully trading for at least the past 12 months and is now looking to grow. You could be looking to facilitate growth by improving resilience, creating jobs, investing in equipment and machinery that helps increase production capacity, develop new products, exploit new markets or enhance innovation.

The aim of this webinar is to give you all the tools you need and answer any questions you may have to put your best foot forward and apply for our Growth Grant. There will also be an opportunity to network with other business owners in a similar growth phase and share best practice.

Find out more and register here. 

Take a look at some FAQs below.

What will I take away from the event?

You will know if your project is eligible for a Growth Grant, what to include in your application and what is expected from the grant panel. You will also understand the grant process, procurement guidelines and payment requirements. You will also receive additional tips and guidance, giving your application a better chance of being approved.

How will this event help my business?

This event enables you to fully understand the grant process; the key principles can then be applied not only in applying for other grants, but in applying for future funding and investment.

Can I get access to funds/grants? How do I do this?

Yes, see what grants are available on our website, please read our current guidance and download an application form. This event will enhance your understanding and answer any questions you may have.

Who can I speak to after the event? What happens next?

Our Business Growth Consultants will be on hand at the event with availability to book in a follow-up meeting to discuss match funding and financing options, check over your completed application and make any recommendations. They will also be able to signpost you to any other support that may be available to your business.

How to Access this online event:

After registering here on Eventbrite, you will receive our DGH programme registration forms via Docusign, our e-signing facility, please can you complete these ahead of the event.

You will receive the joining instructions for Zoom via e-mail, 30 minutes before the webinar.

For any further information or special requirements for course attendance, please contact us by e-mail [email protected], or call 03454 586480

This workshop is completely free and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It’s delivered by Dorset Growth Hub and WSX Enterprise. It is only open to businesses that have a Dorset postcode. Please also note that some sectors are not eligible for financial support on this programme due to Central Government Legislation. These sectors include: fishery & aquaculture, primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors, synthetic fibres, generalised school-age education, banking and insurance companies. (please see here for full eligibility guidelines). If you require more information or are unsure if you are eligible for the support we offer, you can call us on 01202 607533 and a member of the Dorset Growth Hub Team will be happy to help.

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