Small businesses receive cash help

Small Hambleton based businesses are being given a financial boost – as they pilot a new project for the UK.

The District Council has joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to encourage company bosses to join the federation – by offering heavily discounted rates.

In the first scheme of its kind in the UK, it will help businesses access advice and support as and when they need it.  Funding is available for the next three years to around 180 new members – 60 each year – with the £80 discount making it affordable for all small companies.

The FSB is waiving the joining fee and the district council providing a £50 subsidy towards the cost of membership – which means a year’s membership comes in for just £75.

“Here at Hambleton District Council we know that businesses that are supported are more likely to survive and prosper,” said leader of the council, Coun Mark Robson.

“So we are delighted to have this fund available to support up to 180 companies in Hambleton. We work closely with the FSB and this is another important project in delivering our ten year economic strategy which aims to see Hambleton as a place to grow.”

And Simon Williams, North Yorkshire Regional FSB chairman said: “FSB is the UK’s leading business organisation – its main objective is to promote and protect the interests of the self employed and small firms. This initiative is a great example of how we can work together to ensure the economic success of the Hambleton district.”

The offer includes access to a legal helpline, HR support including contracts, independent advice on tax and VAT, telecom benefits, small business insurance, mobile card payment terminal and savings on business banking.

To take advantage of the offer – or for more details – businesses are asked to contact Ian Howse, FSB Membership Advisor on 07884016504.

FSB scheme for small business
Coun Robson is pictured with Simon Williams and Andrew Best from Yorkshire Hygiene Solutions who has taken up the offer

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