Welcome to your September newsletter
Published: 14 Sep 2021
Now that children are back at school and many workers return to the office, it's the perfect time for your clients to book one of our workshops to find out how they can access the Invest4 grant on offer through The Business Hothouse Programme. If your clients are looking to grow their business through capital and/or revenue investment, please encourage them to book onto our Introduction to Business Hothouse Programme & Invest4 Grant workshop - drop in sessions designed to give them an overview of the support available and to consider if their business and project is eligible.
Our Meet the Expert events return in October - interactive sessions with leading finance and business experts covering topics including Debt Finance, funding support from Innovate UK and R&D Tax Credits. More info below:
In this newsletter we feature one of our recent case studies - Rebecca and Scott from Castle Construction who successfully applied for an Invest4 grant to help their business grow. We also feature the Business & IP Centre Brighton & Hove who offer support to SMEs, entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators across Sussex.
Introduction to the Business Hothouse Programme & Invest4 Grant
Join Nicola Wiley, Programme Director for GetSet for Growth Coast to Capital as she provides a useful and informative overview of the support available to growing businesses through the Business HotHouse Programme & Access to Finance strand.
This is an opportunity to see if your clients' business and project is eligible for support under the programme, find out how it can help them and ask any questions they may have.
Event: Introduction to the Business Hothouse Programme & Invest4 Grant
Date: Mon 13, Tues 14, Mon 20, Tues 21 & Wed 29 Sept
Our Three Core workshops
GetSet for Growth Coast to Capital has three core workshops to help your clients access the finance and business support they need - details below. Once they have attended these, they can then access Nicola's 1:1 support to review their Invest4 grant application or documents.
Grow your business with an Invest4 Grant
The Business Hothouse programme is offering Invest4 grants to businesses to help them grow. Administered by Brighton and Hove City Council, the grants of between £2,000 - £5,000 have one single application form. Over £5,000 have an Expression of Interest and then a Full Application. We can help your clients with the procedures in our online workshop.
Investing a little of their time now in order to complete their application correctly will really help accelerate the panel's consideration of their case and help them to access the money quickly so that they can get on with growing their business!
Event: Grow your business with an Invest4 Grant
Date: Wed 6 Oct
Time: 10am - 1pm
Invest4 Boot Camp Fit for Finance - Wed 15 Sept
We look at why a business plan is key to financial planning, the best ways to access finance and present plans to potential funders or investors.
Invest4 Boot Camp Money Sense - Wed 22 Sept
We help to produce profit & loss and cashflow forecasts with practical exercises to create these essential documents for potential investment.
Meet the Expert events
Our Meet the Expert events are a fantastic way for your clients to get interactive with business and finance experts as well as find out more about The Business Hothouse Programme and the Invest4 grant it provides.
Meet the Expert with Innovate UK Edge - 11 Oct
An interactive session providing an overview of UKRI and Innovate UK funding and the support they provide to innovative businesses.
Meet the Expert - Debt Finance - 14 Oct
The British Business Bank, Let's Do Business and Finpoint along with GetSet for Growth Coast to Capital look at the support available to SMEs to access debt finance for their business.
Meet the Expert - Tax Credits - 4 Nov
Have your clients ever wanted to find out more about R&D Tax Credits. This is their chance to find out from RandDTax specialist Tim Walsh.
Case Study: Castle Construction
Husband and wife team, Rebecca Dowdy and Scott Blott met in 1997 after she moved to the South Coast to join the Ericsson graduate programme after completing her engineering degree. Fast forward to 2004 and with support from Rebecca, Scott founded Castle Construction while she developed a management career in telecoms and IT for large corporates. Three children later and while working for American Express, Rebecca was looking for a more flexible approach to work around her family and Scott had developed the business as far as he could on his own.
Rebecca heard about GetSet for Growth Coast to Capital and their Invest4 grants through the company’s membership of Business Network International, a global networking organisation. They got in touch with the team to discuss their business needs and worked with them to create a wish list of items to help them grow their business. “We didn’t apply for a large sum, as our main need was around the website and our marketing activity,” stated Rebecca. “Nicola was really helpful, helping us to ensure that the information we provide on our application form provided the funders with exactly what they needed to know.”
“The help that GetSet for Growth Coast to Capital gave us was invaluable as even though we already had many of the documents required such as a business plan and financial forecast, it brought them together in one place.”
Part of the work that the grant will help to fund, is the launch and promotion of a new partnership with Fresco Living who make garden rooms. This will add another offer to their portfolio of services in response to the growing demand for home offices and to create additional room for living and working within gardens. “The grant money will also help us to develop a tool on the website so that potential clients can proceed through the enquiry process more effectively to decide whether to go forward with their project with us,” explained Rebecca.
Start, grow and protect your business with support from the Business & IP Centre
The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Brighton & Hove offers free support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators across Sussex.
As well as being a hub for entrepreneurs to network, it provides access to over £50K worth of industry, market and company specific research data and analysis, one-to-one expert advice sessions, intellectual property support and a programme of business events to help you imagine, start or grow your business. For more information click here to visit their website.