The topic of business grants is always one which generates significant interest in the business community and this morning’s business breakfast at Dibden Golf Centre was an excellent demonstration of this. A packed room enjoyed a fine breakfast closely followed by three informative and varied speakers.

The first presentation covered the specific New Forest Leader grant which is aimed Grants Breakfastdirectly at businesses in the rural parts of the New Forest. Sally Igra outlined the objectives and criteria for the grant including examples of projects which have been previously successful.

Delegates then heard from Angie Beeston of Evolution 4 Business. Angie outlined how businesses need to ensure that they are ‘grant ready’ ahead of applying for any funding. So whilst they may be able identify funding, they need to ensure that when they come to the application stage, it will have the best chance of being successful.

Finally Toni Saraiva from EISC gave an overview of all the business grants which are available and where you can go to carry out a search for these. This included funds at a local, national and European level.

Copies of all presentations are available to view and download from the NFBP Members’ area.

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