Scarborough Council gives payment boost to small businesses across borough

Scarborough Council has announced it is spending £50,000 to fund memberships to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) for firms across the borough.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 9:03 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 10:43 am
Scarborough Town Hall. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

The offer is open to self-employed, micro and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

Applications are now live and are being offered on a first-come, first-served, basis.

Up to 300 businesses will be able to access the free FSB membership.

It means businesses will benefit from a range of services, covering everything from legal help and advice to cyber protection and assistance to access funding opportunities.

Businesses can apply for the free FSB membership offer by emailing [email protected] Business owners should add the words ‘Scarborough Borough’ to the subject field of their email.

Cllr Liz Colling, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for Inclusive Growth, said: “District councils like ours are at the forefront of supporting local businesses, especially during this coronavirus crisis.

“We’ve been working hard to process and pay the government’s business support grants as quickly as possible and we’ve been recognised nationally for what we’ve achieved.

“I know that not all businesses across the borough can access the national support available so I am delighted we’ve been able to secure this local deal.

“The Federation of Small Businesses is a great resource for micro-businesses and self-employed traders and I encourage them to access this membership offer.”

Carolyn Frank, development manager North Yorkshire, Federation of Small Businesses, added: “We are seeing more demand than ever for our services as small businesses and the self-employed find themselves needing advice and guidance, financial support and a powerful collective voice with government.

“We are very grateful to Scarborough Borough Council for funding free FSB memberships from its emergency funding.

“This will help us reach even more businesses in Filey, Whitby and Scarborough with specialist 1-2-1 advice and support.

“The council has identified the importance of the smallest businesses to the local economy and we look forward to supporting these businesses by welcoming them to the FSB.”

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