Last chance to apply for a LEAP small business grants and more business news from Horsham District Council

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From Horsham District Council

Last chance to apply for a LEAP small business grant

LEAP small business grants

Applications for our LEAP small business grant scheme close on Sunday 30 May!

LEAP grants are a small injection of funding of up to £2,000 aimed at start-ups and small businesses based in the Horsham District, with less than 20 FTE employees and who have registered within the last 12 months (as at 1 September 2020).

You will need to match fund the grant funding by contributing towards 30% of your total project cost with your own investment.

Apply now

Grants to help SMEs new to importing or exporting

Import and export

Does your small or medium enterprise export and/or import goods to the UK? The Government's SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

Applications close on 30 June 2021 or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date, so there's no time to lose.

Read guidance

Calling all landlords and lettings organisations

Horsham District Council, in partnership with neighbouring local authorities, has issued a new survey to private landlords and lettings organisations to gather insight about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their tenants.

Answer survey

Food businesses

Allergen labelling "Natasha's Law" comes into force 1 Oct 2021

Food allergy

New Regulations on allergen labelling on foods pre-packed for direct sale come into force this October. These changes will place a duty on food businesses to label any food packed on the premises with a list of ingredients which emphasises allergens.

To make sure your business is ready for the changes, visit the Food Standards Agency website or contact the Council's Food Safety Team at


Has your food business changed the way it operates since COVID?

Food delivery

Existing food businesses which have significantly adapted the way they operate during COVID, for example introduced a delivery service supplying hot food to customers, should notify the Environmental Health Food Safety Team at Horsham District Council for advice and guidance on any additional food safety controls that may be needed.

To arrange an informal chat, contact the team at

Help tackle climate change

SME climate hub

The UK Government, businesses of all sizes and respected climate groups around the UK are joining together to do their bit to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet.

You can join them! The UK Business Climate Hub is a brand new campaign that asks UK small businesses of up to 250 employees to join the fight against climate change by committing to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out more

Grants to grow your business

Invest 4 funding

The Business Hothouse runs a business support programme (worth £11 million) that’s funded through the U.K. Government and the ERDF, which includes the £2.65 million Invest4 business grant fund. The programme is run through the University of Chichester Business School.

The Invest4 Fund has been created to help new businesses to start-up, and to help growing businesses to grow more quickly.

The fund can award up to £5,000 to start-ups and up to £170,000 to growing businesses. Currently over 90% of fund applications result in a cash award.

Find out more

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