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GREAT NEWS: Watford Business Growth Grant undergoes major expansion

 Published on: 4th October 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Watford Business Growth Grant is undergoing a significant expansion, as the amount of funding available has been increased and the parameters for eligibility have been relaxed. 

The Watford Business Growth Grant initially launched in May this year, delivered in partnership with the Hertfordshire Growth Hub. 

It provides expert business advice and funding assistance for small businesses in Watford which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to help them to grow.

The extended grant’s conditions are now as follows:

  • The grant is now available to businesses with between 5 and 20 employees. (Previously, between 5 and 10 employees).
  • The grant can now award up to £10,000 per business. (Previously the limit was £5,000).
  • Businesses which are eligible for a Restart grant can now also apply to the Watford Business Growth Grant, where previously they were ineligible.
  • The overall funding pot for the grant is now £440,000, up from £350,000.

To find out more and express interest in the grant, just fill in the form at

Once the form has been submitted, the business will be contacted by a representative from the Hertfordshire Growth Hub, who will discuss the needs of the business and their eligibility for the grant. 

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor, who launched the expanded grant on Monday at the Watford Business Festival, praised the expansion of an exciting resource for local businesses. 

He said: “I am delighted to announce today an expansion of the programme which will enable even more businesses to benefit,” he said. “The additional funding we’ve secured and the expanded eligibility criteria will ensure we’re able to help more people than ever before, and will be a significant opportunity for businesses in Watford looking to achieve their full growth potential. This type of investment in local business is one of the most important things we can do to boost recovery, support growth and increase employment.”

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