The UK Community Renewal Fund will help new or emerging SMEs (pre-start or in the first three years of trading) who are based in Devon (excluding Plymouth and Torbay) with cash grants to help them develop and grow. The grants are open to anyone who is working in the built environment including facilities management, mechanical engineering, construction, professional services or landscaping.
The grants can be used to fund whatever the business needs, whether it is new tools, new kit, legal fees or skills training.
Grants will be made available on a first come first served basis and must be spent by June 2022.
Head of Construction and Sustainability at YTKO, Phil Stott, said: “the built environment sector is often the last to hear about these great Government funds and I want to change that. It is really unusual that we have such generous funding to allocate and these grants could change the fortunes for some local Devon businesses.”
“Built environment companies in the Southwest have faced a difficult time what with Midas construction and FM closing down last month. This is a good opportunity to help businesses who are struggling or even support entrepreneurs who want to set up a new business with grants.”
Any interested businesses or entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend a special one-off workshop at the Devon Hotel in Exeter on 1 April 2022. The drop-in session will run from 3pm-6pm with dedicated advisors to help businesses access the grants. For more details click here
Phil added, “It really isn’t an April fool’s joke, I’d recommend that anyone comes down to join us at the Devon Hotel as these grants are only available for a short time.”
For more information about the programme visit https://devon.ytko.com/community-renewal-fund/
This programme is led by YTKO, in partnership with Devon County Council. It is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, which is managed within Devon by Devon County Council.