Support for Enterprise

The purpose of Support for Enterprise is to support local businesses to grow and create jobs for the residents of Gwynedd.

 

The scheme provides practical or financial support for a business to overcome the obstacles preventing their growth and creating jobs.

The Council is eager to support businesses that create products - goods, food and drink, computer software, television productions or anything else - within rural communities that are strongholds for the Welsh language in Gwynedd. 

Support for Enterprise is a local project within the Arfor Scheme which aims to assist in creating more and better jobs within Welsh communities.

For more information regarding Arfor's activities in Gwynedd, visit:
www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/arfor.

 

Your application

The first step in applying is presenting your expression of interest. But before you begin, consider the following list:

We do support...

We do not support...

  • An eagerness to be enterprising
  • Creating new jobs
  • Growing the business
  • Producing more or new products
  • The use of the Welsh language by and within the business
  • Businesses located within a rural community / Welsh stronghold
  • Willingness to accept and act on advice
  • Maintaining a business as it is
  • Renewing existing equipment
  • Changing just to comply with a new regulation or law
  • Direct competition against other local businesses
  • Things that have already happened

   

 

Expression of interest form

 

 

FAQs:

What kind of support is available?

Support for Enterprise is a flexible business support package that could support you with anything necessary to help your business create jobs. Support for Enterprise, for instance, can provide funding for you to secure skills, help you with the cost of equipment, or provide a temporary contribution to the rental costs of a building. 

If your expression of interest is successful, a consultant will work with you to confirm what prevents your business from growing and what support is required; this will be the basis of your application for funding from Support for Enterprise. 

How to apply?

The first step is to complete an expression of interest. In the expression of interest, you will need to describe the aspiration for the business within five years (e.g. how many will be employed by the business, the turnover, your customers, etc.), the next step in the development of the business, and the barriers preventing this from happening. 

What happens once I have submitted an expression of interest?

Once your expression of interest has been received, the Council will assess it. 

If successful, a business consultant will be appointed to work with you to confirm the aspiration, the next step in developing your business, what prevents your business from progressing to the next step, and what support is required. With this information, a work plan for growing the business will be drawn up; this will be your bid for funding from Support for Enterprise.

The Council will assess the application for funding based on the work plan and, if successful, this will be the basis for presenting you with a formal offer for funding.

Any funding offer will be based on your commitment to deliver the work plan in full. You will also be required to commit to considering how to make the best of the Welsh language in your business by meeting the Welsh in Business Support Officers, and comply with the Council's standard terms and conditions for funding  

What is the role of the business consultant in the process?

Initially, the consultant will support you to:

  • verify and confirm your aspiration for the business;
  • validate the opportunity that you have identified;
  • confirm the next step in the development of the business;
  • consider what the barriers and the needs are for you to be able to progress to the next step; and,
  • identify how you can meet the needs or overcome the barriers, and what support is required.

The consultant will spend up to a day and a half with you to achieve the above, and will then summarise the outcomes in a report for you. This report will include a practical work plan to progress to the next step in the development of the business, including estimated costs and any funding gaps.

Should your application for funding from Support for Enterprise be successful, the business consultant will also be available to advise, support and mentor you as you proceed with the work plan.

What can Support for Enterprise fund?

Support for Enterprise is a flexible support pack.  Every business that submits a successful expression of interest will receive the support of a business consultant to produce a report that will include a practical work plan in order to progress to the next step in the development of the business, including estimated costs and any funding gaps.  This will be your application for further support from Support for Enterprise. 

Support for Enterprise will be able to consider helping with anything required in order to ensure that your business grows and creates jobs. This could include revenue costs such as training costs, a new website, a contribution to the rent of a larger building, etc; or capital costs such as the purchase of equipment, building storage space, etc. 

How much funding is available?

The maximum budget for the Support for Enterprise pack is £250,000.  There is no minimum or maximum sum for individual applications; however, roughly, it is anticipated that most applications for funding will be £5,000 to £10,000. 

It should be noted that only the minimum required for the plan to move forward will be offered based on any funding gap identified through your work with the business consultant. 

The sum of the Support for Enterprise financial offer will be commensurate with how many jobs will be created. 

Am I required to create job(s) in order to receive support?

Yes. The purpose of Support for Enterprise is to support local businesses to grow and create good jobs for the residents of Gwynedd, particularly in the rural communities of Gwynedd that are the strongholds of the Welsh language. 

How does the Council determine who receives funding?

Gwynedd Council is eager to support as many businesses as possible with the Support for Enterprise pack.  Applications will not compete against each other. Each application will be considered individually, on its own merits.  As part of the selection process, the council will consider the following:

  • How many and what kind of jobs are likely to be created?
  • Is the business ambitious yet practical, and realistic about the next step in their development?
  • How relevant is the plan to the objectives of Support for Enterprise and the Arfor programme (creating good jobs within rural communities that are the strongholds of the Welsh language) 

Who can apply?

Any business from any sector may apply for support, but Support for Enterprise is mainly aimed at small businesses that are eager to grow and create jobs.

The Council is particularly eager to support businesses that create products - this includes goods, food and drink, computer software, television productions, or anything else - in the rural communities of Gwynedd that are the strongholds of the Welsh language. 

Is there anything that would not be supported?

Support will not be provided to:

  • Maintain a business as it is
  • Renew existing equipment
  • Proposals solely to comply with a new regulation or law
  • Pay for work or equipment that has already been ordered / purchased
  • Enable a business to get an advantage and to compete against other businesses in the local area 

If my application is successful, how will I receive the funds?

If successful, you will receive an offer letter which gives a full explanation on how to claim the funds. Do not order or pay for anything before you receive and return the offer letter. 

Only after you have paid and purchased you will be able to claim any repayments.  Remember to ensure that you have sufficient cash-flow to pay, submit your claim (with evidence of the expenditure - a copy of the invoice and bank statement showing the payment), wait for your claim to be processed, and for the Support for Enterprise funds to reach your bank.

Do not pay for anything with cash. If using a credit card, a copy of the card's statement will be required in order to show the payment.

The Council is committed to ensuring that any full claim is processed within 10 working days from the time of receipt. 

How long does the process take?

Acknowledgement of receipt of the Expression of Interest  1 working days  
Make a decision on each Expression of Interest  + 5 working days  
Business consultant visit  + 10 working days  
Report of the business consultant  + 5 working days  
Decide on each application once it is complete  10 working days  
Process each full claim  5 working days 

Am I required to spend money and time gathering quotes and obtaining planning permission (if relevant) before I submit an application?

No, we know that your time (and money!) is valuable. 

No financial information is required before completing the first stage of the process, which is the submission of an Expression of Interest.

When submitting a full application for support, i.e. a report that contains a work programme for completing the next step in the development of the business, a reasonable estimate of any costs should be submitted, and confirmation that you have had a positive discussion with the Planning Authority, if relevant.  It would be useful to include evidence of the basis for costs and the outcome of the discussion regarding planning permission.

If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter from the Council.  The Council's offer will be subject to providing full evidence of the costs (one quote for an item of expenditure up to £4,999 or three quotes if the item costs £5,000 or more) and (if relevant) evidence that any statutory claims such as planning permission have been secured. No expenditure should be commenced before this information is provided. 

What will be required of me in future, after I received support?

Any funding offer will be based on your commitment to deliver the work plan for the next step in your business development in full whilst continuing to work with a business consultant as you implement the work plan.

You will also be required to commit to considering how to make the best of the Welsh language in your business by meeting the Welsh in Business Support Officers, and comply with the Council's standard terms and conditions for funding.

You will have a duty to continue to work with the Council to monitor the use of the funds up to March 2021, and assist us in evaluating the Support for Enterprise programme.  You will also be required to help us publicise  the plan. 

What is Welsh in Business and what is the role of Business Wales and the Enterprise Hub?

Welsh in Business is a Welsh Government programme which encourages businesses to use the Welsh language. A Welsh in Business officer is available to offer advice and practical ideas, and refer you to further support.  Comprehensive information about using Welsh in your business is available on Cymraeg.llyw.cymru

The Support for Enterprise scheme works closely with the main business support providers, including Business Wales, Enterprise Hub and Farming Connect, to ensure that you get the best of all support available to you.  Specifically, Business Wales and Enterprise Hub will provide the business consultant who will initially support you, should your expression of interest be successful. 

 

 

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