UK Steel Enterprise extends Kickstart Fund initiative

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UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) has announced that it will extend its Kickstart Fund initiative for another 12 months – providing financial support and business advice to dozens of start-up businesses in North Lincolnshire.

A subsidiary of Tata Steel, UK Steel Enterprise is dedicated to helping the economic development of areas of the UK most affected by changes in the steel industry.

The company is behind the Kickstart Fund initiative which was launched in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub in 2016 in a bid to support individuals looking to establish a business or become self-employed by helping with initial costs.

In the last 12 months more than 30 businesses in North Lincolnshire benefited from the funding from UKSE.

Grants of up to £750 will be made available to budding entrepreneurs, alongside guidance and advice from local Growth Hub advisors and the Economic Development team at North Lincolnshire Council.

Keith Williams, Regional Manager at UK Steel Enterprise, said: “We are particularly keen to support those with ambitions to create sustainable jobs for others in the region, and we know that access to the right finance can be crucial in enabling businesses to get off the ground and to expand.”

Councillor Rob Waltham, Leader at North Lincolnshire Council added: “Over the last couple of years the UK Steel Enterprise Kickstart Fund has helped over 60 people to meet the costs associated with becoming self-employed or starting a small business in North Lincolnshire, and we are looking forward to seeing yet more innovative and exciting new companies apply for funding in the coming months.”