Mid Sussex businesses are in line for a windfall

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Ten small businesses are in line for a windfall after applying to Mid Sussex District Council’s Microbusiness Grant Scheme.

The scheme is open to firms with fewer than ten employees, and is funded through a £72,000 allocation from the West Sussex County Council’s business rates pool.

More than £50,000 has already been allocated by the district’s cabinet grants panel, which will meet on Monday (September 3) to consider the latest batch, totalling £17,150.

They include £2,000 for Slake Café Ltd, a luxury coffee shop, which is due to start trading in High Street, Lindfield, in September. The money will be used for building work.

Scofi Plumbing, of Burgess Hill, has asked for £1,500 to help cover the cost of taking on an apprentice.

Green Goddess, of Hurstpierpoint, which manufactures environmentally friendly cleaning products, has asked for £2,000 to develop a new range.

And butcher Farm, Field and Forest Ltd, of Lindfield, has asked for £2,000 to help pay for the installation of a large cold storage unit.

The 2018/19 Microbusiness grant scheme has attracted 41 applications. Two of them were turned down earlier this month, leaving £4,385 in the pot. A report to the panel stated that officers were contacting businesses who applied after the closing date to invite them to bid for the remaining funds.