£50,000 support scheme available for coalfield areas

An organisation dedicated to supporting towns and villages in coalfields areas to help themselves has launched a £50,000 programme.

The Enterprising Communities initiative, which has been put together by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT), will run as a membership scheme, giving those who join access to general advice and guidance that will support them with developing their enterprise.

Those that require further and more professional based assistance will have the opportunity to enter a submission for a £2,000 fund that will be used to pay for third party specialist services around business planning, legal advice and/or acquiring a quality standard.

Head of operations (England) for the CRT, Andy Lock, said: “It can be difficult when you need help and you don’t know where to go and that is exactly why we developed this programme. It is an ideal way for social enterprises in the coalfields to get the support they need without having to worry about escalating costs. We offer good honest advice and then signpost organisations to the specialists they need.” For more information, visit www.coalfields-regen.org.uk