In January, East Herts appointed Deyton Bell, who has extensive experience in providing support services to businesses and councils across the East of England, to administer the Launchpad 2 scheme 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 are now accepting applications to provide support to businesses in the maintenance, repairs and operations sector for Stansted airport, as well as the bio science and social enterprise sectors. Support will 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: “The Launchpad 2 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.
For more information visit the Launchpad 2 website or follow Launchpad 2 – Tailored Business Support on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.