FRANK HORSLEY, HEAD OF ECONOMIC REGENERATION – DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Derbyshire County Council were awarded funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to establish Global Derbyshire – a fund to support growing businesses in Derbyshire. The Council commissioned add specialists to assess all the applications submitted by businesses.
At the beginning of the commission we developed a detailed Green Book-compliant assessment sheet and helped the Global Derbyshire Programme Team to develop a robust, but accessible application process.
From November 2013 to June 2015 our team completed assessments on over 100 individual applications, requesting over £4 million of grant funding in total. Many of the assessments were completed within 5 working days before being issued to a Panel made of local business leaders and representatives from the Council and Government. Our Managing Director, Chris Maunder attended monthly Panel meetings presenting individual assessment papers to the Panel and answering detailed questions.
Some of the businesses that benefitted are highlighted below.
With our support Derbyshire County Council allocated all available grant funding. Once funding was fully allocated we assisted the Programme Team by ensuring that all successful businesses had provided 3 quotes for major expenditure before drafting and issuing their contracts.
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