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£50,000 Boost for Small Firms in Scarborough

£50,000 Boost for Small Firms in Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 4:57pm 23rd April 2020.

Firms across the Borough of Scarborough are to benefit from a support boost, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scarborough Borough Council is investing £50,000 to fund memberships to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The offer is to the self-employed, micro and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.  

Applications are now live and are being offered on a first come, first served, basis.  

Up to 300 businesses will be able to access the free FSB membership. 

It means businesses will benefit from a range of services, covering everything from legal help and advice to cyber protection and assistance to access funding opportunities.

The federation reports that demand for its services is higher than normal because of the current coronavirus situation.

It says it is receiving calls to its employment advice and protection, legal help, FSB care medical advice line, cyber protection, FSB funding platform and cash advance and insurance services.

The council says it recognises not all businesses in the borough – particularly the smallest firms – can get help from the government’s job retention, business rates discount or support grant schemes.

It hopes the £50,000 investment will help dozens of firms.

Businesses can apply for the free FSB membership offer by emailing nick.bradley@fsb.org.uk.

Business owners should add the words ‘Scarborough Borough’ to the subject field of their email.

Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Cllr Liz Colling, said:

“District councils like ours are at the forefront of supporting local businesses, especially during this coronavirus crisis.

We’ve been working hard to process and pay the government’s business support grants as quickly as possible and we’ve been recognised nationally for what we’ve achieved.

I know that not all businesses across the borough can access the national support available so I am delighted we’ve been able to secure this local deal.

The Federation of Small Businesses is a great resource for micro-businesses and self-employed traders and I encourage them to access this membership offer.”

Development Manager, North Yorkshire, Federation of Small Businesses, Carolyn Frank, said:

“We are seeing more demand than ever for our services as small businesses and the self-employed find themselves needing advice and guidance, financial support and a powerful collective voice with government.

We are very grateful to Scarborough Borough Council for funding free FSB memberships from its emergency funding.

This will help us reach even more businesses in Filey, Whitby and Scarborough with specialist 1-2-1 advice and support.  

The council has identified the importance of the smallest businesses to the local economy and we look forward to supporting these businesses by welcoming them to the FSB.”

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