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Council announce ten local businesses secure Council funding on eve of Small Business Saturday

Press Release   •   Dec 06, 2013 14:08 GMT

On the eve of Small Business Saturday, East Staffordshire Borough Council has announced that ten local businesses have received funding through the Council’s Business Development Fund.

The aim of the Business Development Fund is to support the East Staffordshire economy by providing targeted financial assistance to help local companies and entrepreneurs.

The Business Development Fund is aimed at local small and medium sized businesses located in East Staffordshire who wish to grow and expand their business and local entrepreneurs who need some financial support to make their business idea a reality.

Councillor Richard Grosvenor, Leader of the Council, said: “East Staffordshire Borough Council is making a significant investment in the local economy by supporting businesses to allow them to grow and prosper.

“So far, the Council has funded ten businesses which have enabled them to create new jobs, grow, expand and invest in the local area all of which has contributed to improving the local economy."

This announcement comes on the eve of Small Business Saturday, a day which aims to increase the profile of small businesses locally and nationally.

Andy O’Brien, Chief Executive of East Staffordshire Borough Council, commented: “The Council has shown its commitment to supporting local businesses through the Business Development Fund and it’s timely that this announcement has been made on the eve of Small Business Saturday."

Jane Peter from AI Global Media LTD said: “We are over the moon to have secured funding from the Council’s Business Development Fund. The grant has supported our recent office move and has allowed us to focus our resources on hiring and training new staff. We are grateful to the scheme and recommend other local businesses to apply.”

Sue Dorling, Managing Director of the Alphabet Gift Shop, added: “The Business Development Fund grant has been an enormous help with setting up our new shop in Burton.  We knew we had to invest money in converting the building from pub to retail outlet and cafe, so the help from the Fund with the final fit-out and new tills will mean that we are able to finish it to the same high standard as our other shop in Mickleover. 

“The application process was straight forward and there was always someone on the end of the phone to help when we needed it.  We were thrilled to bits when we got a “Yes” from the panel!”

For more information regarding the Business Development Fund please contact Dean Piper, Enterprise and Partnerships Manager on 01283 508893 or email web

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