Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

Financial boost for businesses in Sedgemoor

Financial boost for businesses in Sedgemoor

Sedgemoor businesses are set to benefit for a whopping £1m from Sedgemoor District Council’s latest Business Support Programme.  Sedgemoor’s Economic Development Team has designed a range of schemes that will boost productivity, innovation, greener operations and will give local employees new and improved skills.  The programme will deliver cash grants of up to £15,000 to businesses who can demonstrate that the funding will result in business improvement or higher skills.

The programme will kick off with three cash grant schemes: Business Improvement Grant, Small Business Improvement Grant and Skills for Business Grant. Details of all schemes and how to apply can be found at www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/discretionarygrants 

Businesses are encouraged to apply from 9:00am on Tuesday 12th October 2021 when the scheme opens. It will close after three weeks at 5:00pm on Monday 1st November 2021.   All applicants will need to apply via an online form and include a business case showing how the grant will improve their business.

The Team are designing an additional programme to support businesses to grow.  They will support businesses who are keen to expand. 

There are also plans to open and run pop up shops in Bridgwater to attract shoppers back to our town centre through an alternative shopping experience and to improve the retail offer.

During the pandemic, the Economic Development Team have issued nearly 1,500 individual discretionary grants to the value of £5.17m, providing a lifeline to businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic and various periods of restricted trading. Now that the restrictions have been lifted and the economy is starting to recover businesses will be able to invest in their growth thanks to these schemes.

Sedgemoor businesses are resilient and adaptive. During the past 18 months we have seen them going above and beyond to meet the customers’ needs despite the ongoing pandemic. For some, cash might be tight so we want to offer them a helping hand by providing the funding for their projects. By doing that we will hopefully create new jobs, reduce our carbon footprint and improve business operations.

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Financial Risk Management Policy - March 2023

Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


Applications will close on Monday 6th March at midday. 

Your organisation and contact details

What happens next....
Applications will be considered at the Finance and Resources Committee Meeting on Monday 13th March 2023. You will be notified after this date whether your application has been successful.
Burnham & Highbridge Town Council takes your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information for the purposes of contacting you about this grant. The Council’s privacy notice can be found here.

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