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Businesses urged not to leave it too late to apply for Future50 job growth scheme

PUBLISHED: 12:48 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:54 01 October 2015

Treasury minister Harriet Baldwin, 2nd right, meets entrepreneurs Ali Clabburn, left, CEO Liftshare; Andrea Wake, COO FX home; and James Groves, head of client experience at Indigo Swan, during her visit to learn about the new Future50. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Treasury minister Harriet Baldwin, 2nd right, meets entrepreneurs Ali Clabburn, left, CEO Liftshare; Andrea Wake, COO FX home; and James Groves, head of client experience at Indigo Swan, during her visit to learn about the new Future50. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses are being urged to hurry to apply for places for a new business growth scheme aimed at creating 200 jobs across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Applications for the Future50 opened last month, but with only 50 places available for the first round of the project, firms are being urged not to leave it too late to get their applications in.

The new-look scheme is being supported by six partners, Nwes, Birketts, Lovewell Blake, Barclays, the UEA, and Archant, publishers of the Eastern Daily Press, and East Anglian Daily Times.

It has been dramatically enhanced thanks to the provision of £1.26m of grant funding from the government’s regional growth fund.

And it means that businesses from Suffolk and Norfolk who are accepted on to the scheme will be eligible to apply for a slice of those funds to help them grow their business and create jobs.

Other benefits of the programme include access to business advice, and the opportunity for networking with other like-minded businesses.

Shaun Lowthorpe, Business publishing editor at Archant, said: “One of the striking things about the Future50 programme to date was how many of the businesses would engage and do business with each other.

“Our role was to provide the opportunities to bring them together and also to tell their stories.

“Applications are currently being received from businesses looking to be on this year’s programme. But a number of you have raised some questions, so we’ve put together a FAQ panel below to try and help. If you have more questions, though, get in touch with me and I’ll do my best to help.”

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