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Funding and grants available to small businesses in the UK

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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

07/03/2024

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information:

1. What funding (if any) do you offer to small businesses in the local area?

2. How many grants (if any) do you offer to small businesses in the local area?

3. If funding or grants are offered, please can you provide the specific monetary figures that are available to small businesses in the local area.

4. How many grants, or funding offers, were applied for and successfully granted to small businesses in the calendar years 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Please contact me if you need me to clarify my request.

Yours faithfully,

Naomi

Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours faithfully.

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Contact by email

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Jacqueline Keachie, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Madam

Request for Information

 

I refer again to your e-mail dated 7 March 2024 seeking information in
relation to funding and grants to small businesses.

 

Having investigated, my response to your four questions is as follows:-

 

Question 1

 

I can advise that the information you seek is already in the public domain and
Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides an
absolute exemption for information which is already accessible.

 

In order to assist you this information can be accessed on the Council's
website at the undernoted link.

 

[1]https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/busi...

 

Question 2

 

North Lanarkshire Council has 4 business grant schemes (Business Start Up
Fund; Small Business and Self-Employed Scheme; Business Growth Fund; and
an Energy Audit Voucher) as well as offering an Expert Help Framework
which is a form of grant. We recently launched a Tourism Challenge Fund,
and a Net Zero Business Challenge Fund will be launched in the coming
months.  These are also variations on a business grant. To be of
assistance, full details on all these business grant schemes are available
on our website and for ease of reference the direct link is as follows:-

 

[2]https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/busi...

 

The Net Zero Business Challenge Fund has yet to launched but outline
details are available on our website at the following link:-

 

[3]Document.ashx (cmis.uk.com)

 

Question 3

 

I can advise that the information you seek is already in the public domain and
Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 provides an
absolute exemption for information which is already accessible.

 

In order to assist you this information can be accessed on the Council's
website at:-

 

[4]https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/busi...

 

Question 4

 

The number of business grants/funding awards during the period 2021
to 2023 are as follows: -

 

2021 – Number of grants awarded 15

2022 – Number of grants awarded 91

2023 – Number of grants awarded 122

 

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic), Civic Centre,
Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if you are
dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the
Chief Officer (Legal and Democratic).

 

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the applicant
and provide an address for correspondence. The application must also
specify the request for information to which the requirement for review
relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction
with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which
gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review
by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such
a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as
follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16 9DS

email: [5][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[6]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

Jacqueline Keachie

For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

North Lanarkshire Council

Contact by email

 

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