East Herts appoints delivery partner to support EU scheme
Published 5th January 2021
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East Herts has appointed Deyton Bell to provide support services for local businesses in the district after the council was awarded a £1.2 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contract from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Deyton Bell, who has extensive experience in providing support services to businesses and councils across the East of England, will offer support to small businesses in the maintenance, repairs and operations sector for Stansted airport, as well as the bio science and social enterprise sectors. 

Support will also be provided via small capital grants of up to £5k or a 12 hour package of support such as mentoring, workshops and networking opportunities.  

Councillor Jan Goodeve, Executive Member for Planning and Growth, said: “We are pleased to appoint Deyton Bell as our delivery partner and look forward to working with them on our £1.2 million European Regional Development Fund project.

“This project will make a real difference to supporting existing small businesses in these potential growth sectors for East Herts. Given the pressures the business community are facing since Covid-19, we hope this investment will make a real difference to safeguarding and creating new jobs.”

Chris Parkhouse DL, Chairman of the Deyton Bell Group, said: “Deyton Bell are pleased to be supporting East Herts District Council and businesses across the Council area with this important ERDF initiative”

Running costs of Launchpad, which is run by the council and offers flexible working space in Bishop's Stortford and Ware, will also be covered as part of the ERDF funding.