Funding for businesses up for grabs

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE County Council and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership are launchING the second funding round for the INV-ENT programme.

INV-ENT (The Innovation and Enterprise Fund) will support local businesses and encourage economic development and innovation in the county.

It will enable eligible businesses to grow and create jobs via a business rate rebate of up to £20,000 for reinvestment in the business.

The programme was first launched in October 2011 and a further £450,000 is being made available in 2012-2013, which is enough to support at least 22 local businesses to grow. All small and medium sized businesses in Northamptonshire are able to apply with a particular emphasis on businesses in the high growth and advanced technology sectors.

It will be open for applications from Thursday.

An application form and guidance notes will be available to download from the NEP website from Thursday. Applications should be submitted by 5pm on June Friday 1. For more information visit www.northamptonshireep.co.uk.