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Funding for start-up and young companies opens for applications

Published: 16/11/2021

Young businesses looking to expand and people thinking of moving to self-employment in the Highlands and Islands can now apply for funding from HIE.

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The second round of the Young Company Capital Investment Grant (YCCIG) opens today (16 November).  
 
It follows on from the success of the first programme, which was introduced by HIE last year to accelerate recovery from the pandemic and resulted in awards totalling £1.2m and generated 73 jobs across the region.  
 
Young companies (less than five years old) are often working with minimal cash reserves to progress expansion plans or to generate the growth, which would contribute significantly to economic recovery. 
 
This scheme can provide grant funding of up to 50% of eligible costs for capital equipment for those thinking of moving to self-employment, start-up or young companies. The maximum available grant is £100,000.  
 
YCCIG aims to accelerate business growth, increase their contribution to the local economy and help to create new employment opportunities. Businesses that focus on promoting low carbon, reduced emissions or waste and those that support development in rural and remote communities will be prioritised.  
 
Rachel Hunter, director of service delivery at HIE, said: “As part of our continued response to supporting economic recovery following the pandemic, we want to stimulate entrepreneurship and employment in the Highlands and Islands. The YCCIG scheme helps to support growth and resilience in young companies and start-ups. 

“We had a great response in the first round of YCCIG. Opening this second round of the scheme will provide the incentive needed to assist more young companies to move their plans forward, expand their impact on the local economy and contribute to the speed of the recovery.” 
 
More details on eligibility and anyone interested in applying should visit www.hie.co.uk/capitalinvestment

Companies, more than five years old that are interested in finding out how we can support their capital investment plans, should contact enquiries@hient.co.uk

YCCIG closes for applications on 30 November.

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