Elmbridge start-up boost

The Elmbridge start-up boost was set up to help start-ups with one off costs such as one-off marketing, purchasing of equipment or anything that would help a business to start operating in Elmbridge.

You can apply for a grant of up to 50% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum of £1,000. Applicants are expected to fund at least 50% of each item as part of the project costs.

The fund is only available to businesses that are looking to set up within Elmbridge, are not taking over an existing business or have set up in Elmbridge within the last 6 months.

How to apply for the start-up boost

Complete either the PDF or Word application form and read the guidance notes for information on how to complete the application:

Application form (MS Word) 

Application form (pdf)

Information to include with the application

In addition to a completed application form, you will need:

  • three comparable quotes per element you are applying for (please note that only UK based suppliers can be considered)
  • a business plan or proposal (including a 24-month financial forecast) - the Prince's Trust has a useful template: Prince's Trust: business plans and templates
  • a sustainability plan section in your business plan. The Carbon Trust has practical tips for making your business environmentally friendly.

Once completed, please send in your application form by post, or email to business@elmbridge.gov.uk.

The scheme cannot provide funding towards items which have been purchased prior to the offer of a grant.

Further information

Your application will be subject to internal checks regarding business rate payment, food hygiene rating and licensing as applicable. All applications are assessed on an individual basis.

If you require any more information, please email business@elmbridge.gov.uk.

More help for start-ups

Start-up loans for small businesses - a start-up loan is a government-backed personal loan available to individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK.

S100 club is an angel investment network, showcasing the best innovative high-growth propositions.

Fredericks Foundation: Finance for social impact offers expert advice and flexible finance for social enterprises.

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