Cash boost for Boston businesses

Cash from business rates in Boston borough is set to be used to help businesses in the area.

Boston Borough Council’s Cabinet has agreed to make £100,000 of £338,000 retained locally from business rates available as an incentive for firms to grow and invest.

A further £100,000 is to be used to fund a business grants scheme to nurture and enable business.

The new renewable energy power station being built at Riverside Industrial Estate in Marsh Lane.

Up to £25,000 will go into High Street technology, to encourage consumers to use the High Street in different ways to increase visits.

A project to provide electric vehicle charging points will receive £18,500 and £800 will support Lincolnshire County Council’s skills initiative to create enterprise advisers to link schools with business.

Lincolnshire was chosen as a pilot area by the Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government for a “business rates localisation initiative” in 2018/19.

Rolec, world leaders in charging points for electric vehicles. They employ 100 at their Ralph’s Lane complex.

The money is to be used for projects to promote and deliver improved economic activity, including one-off and longer-term projects.

The relocation discount will support local businesses wishing to grow and invest in the borough. Cash will be available to a “growth business” able to satisfy a new growth board that a grant will enable match funding by the business to create or safeguard jobs.

The business grants scheme will support entrepreneurs and growing businesses, increasing the number of new businesses starting up and nurturing young businesses to grow.

The Port of Boston, left, and, right, construction work on the £100 million Boston Barrier flood protection scheme.

A new business panel comprised of business-oriented organisations and business leaders will consider funding applications.

The nurture fund will make grants up to £5,000 available, match funded by applicants to the tune of 25%, to support and help develop young businesses which have less than three years’ trading. T

The enable fund will provide grants up to £1,000 to start a new business. Grants have to be 20% match funded by the applicants.