Kick Start business support programme

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​Access our dedicated programme of support for start-ups and SMEs. Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, our Kick Start programme is here to help you transform, future-proof or grow your business. Join one or more of our webinars, or face-to-face sessions, for practical, jargon-free training and advice.

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Small business grants

Part of the Kick Start programme is the opportunity to apply for a grant. Successful applicants will receive : a £2,000 grant for business expenses, a year’s free membership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and ongoing support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a panel event, where they pitch their business to a group of local business experts.

The eligibility criteria and terms and conditions include:

  • The business must have been registered, in Northamptonshire, on or after 1 May 2021, or be registered within two months of receiving the grant
  • The business must submit a complete business plan, using the BIPC Northamptonshire business plan template, and application form
  • The business must have attended at least two of the BIPC Northamptonshire Kick Start sessions, one of which is business planning, between Tuesday 3 May and Friday 15 July 2022
  • Grant applications must be received by midday on Friday 29 July 2022

View the full list of terms and conditions and download the application form and BIPC Northamptonshire business plan template.

Applications have now closed.