Get Started, Keep Going: business support programme wins funding

Awards for All Big Lottery Grant funds business support

Big Lottery FundCOMBEbusiness has obtained a £5,640 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support its ‘Get Started, Keep Going’ training, development and support programme for businesses in the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area.

Established as a not-for-private-profit company in April 2011, the voluntary directors of COMBEbusiness are committed to providing relevant practical support that meets the precise needs of the businesses it represents.

“We asked members what training and support they need to grow and the Awards for All grant has enabled us to build Get Started, Keeping Going around these requirements,” said chairman Robert Zarywacz. “The 12-month programme will provide high value, affordable training and mentoring for anyone wanting to start a new business and for owners who want to expand and develop existing businesses. We’re also putting in place business rescue support so we can guide those businesses facing difficulties to find help and advice fast.

COMBEbusiness has received a grant from the Awards for All Big Lottery Fund
(from left) COMBEbusiness directors Sarah Lock, Tim Cox, Paul Yabsley, Clare Flint and Robert Zarywacz celebrating the Awards for All Big Lottery Fund grant

“We’re ensuring that we use local business expertise to deliver the programme wherever possible so that the funding feeds directly into the local economy.

“We’d like to thank director Tim Cox who prepared the successful grant application and the Big Lottery Fund for approving it.”

The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

Further funding boosts programme further

COMBEbusiness is also receiving support from North Devon+, who have offered additional funding for ‘Get Started, Keep Going’ through its Leader 4 Training for Business Excellence scheme.

“This is excellent news,” added Robert. “Working in partnership with North Devon+ enables us to co-ordinate activities and ensure funding is targeted at those businesses who need help most. We’d like to thank Janet Herniman at North Devon+ for obtaining this very welcome additional support for COMBEbusiness.”

A third boost has been received from Ilfracombe Town Council in the form of a £480 grant.

“This third grant will provide valuable help with venue hire and other costs and we thank Ilfracombe Town Council for its support.”

With an emphasis on action, COMBEbusiness has already held its first workshop on selling on eBay and scheduled a social media workshop for February 21. Further training is planned to cover marketing, sales and retailing.

Details of Get Started, Keep Going training, development and support will be added to this web site shortly.



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