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£2,000 giveaway for advice- hurry!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Did you know that your business may be entitled to a voucher for up to £2,000 from the government to help finance specialist business support?

Growth Voucher logoThe new Growth Voucher programme helps small businesses get expert advice on:

  • finance and cash flow
  • recruiting and developing staff
  • improving leadership and management skills
  • marketing, attracting and keeping customers
  • making the most of digital technology

and you will be pleased to know that this includes legal advice!

Provided your business meets certain key criteria and you are selected in the random selection process, you will receive a Growth Voucher for up to £2,000 to help finance specialist business support. You simply need to match the amount with your own funds.  The business support needs to be provided by an approved advisor listed in one handy Marketplace hosted by Enterprise Nation. Off to see my lawyer is an approved advisor too, so once you have your Growth Voucher, do feel free to call or email us.  Once you have been advised, you’ll be asked to take part in surveys to find out how the programme has helped you. It is as simple as that!

Details on how to apply:

There are around six stages in the Growth Voucher programme, depending on whether or not participants have been allocated a voucher.

Stage 1  Apply to join the programme on the gov.uk website.

Stage 2  Assessment of your advice needs, either by meeting with an adviser face-to-face or by completing an online questionnaire.

Stage 3: After completing the assessment, you will be given a suggestion about which area of strategic advice would be the most appropriate. You will be told, at this stage, whether or not you have been allocated a Growth Voucher.

Stage 4:You can then find a Growth Voucher adviser on the Enterprise Nation Marketplace.

Stage 5:Remember to agree on a price for the advice and check if it’s suitable to be subsidised using a Growth Voucher. Vouchers will cover up to half of the cost of paying for strategic advice up to a maximum of £2,000 (non-inclusive of VAT).

Stage 6: After receiving and paying for the advice, you then submit a claim for the subsidy. You have to provide evidence that the invoice has been paid and give details of the advice received. Claims will be processed on receipt and should be paid within 30 days.

NOTE: Growth Vouchers can only be used to obtain strategic advice that will help a business to grow. It will not subsidise activities such as building a new website or paying for membership of a professional body. DO check with your advisor before purchasing advice to ensure it qualifies for a subsidy.

Calling all Irish female entrepreneurs!

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Irish flagGreat news for all of you female entrepreneurs based in Ireland: The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD, has just announced the establishment by Enterprise Ireland of a €250K Competitive Feasibility Fund aimed at stimulating high potential business start-ups by female entrepreneurs. The fund will be open for applications from Tuesday 17th of July 2012 until 4th of September 2012. This initiative is part of a drive by Enterprise Ireland to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented business being led and set up by female entrepreneurs.

The Female Entrepreneurship Competitive Feasibility Fund is designed to assist female entrepreneurs to investigate the viability of a new growth orientated business that can succeed in global markets. The focus is on developing new businesses that can move beyond the domestic market and demonstrate real potential for internationalisation.

The closing date for applications is 4th September 2012,and successful applicants will be notified by the end of September.

Full details of the Fund including the Application Form are available on the Enterprise Ireland web site:www.enterprise-ireland.com/femaleentrepreneurship