Business start-up grant for individuals in the Highland Council area

Support provided by Highland Council Business Gateway

What does this involve?

If you have started a business since 1 September 2021, or are planning to start a business in the next 3 months, you could be eligible for a Business Gateway Highland start-up grant of up to £1500.

All business sectors and commercial types can be considered, including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and social enterprises. 

Business Gateway Highland is delivering the grant on behalf of The Highland Council alongside its usual one-to-one support, local workshops and specialist advice.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you:

  • are a resident in the Highland Council area
  • have started a business since 1 September 2021 or are about to start a business in the next 3 months

All business sectors and commercial types can be considered, including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and social enterprises. 

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply. The maximum grant amount is £1,500.  You will need to fund any difference in the total start-up costs.

Who is this for?

Individuals resident in the Highland Council area who have recently started or are planning to start a business.

How long does this take?

The grant has an online application process. You will need to submit a range of supporting documents and in some instances will also require a business outline or plan - you should allow time to provide this.

Important information

To secure a grant, you must submit all supporting documentation and a business outline.

You will need to provide:

  • identification – a valid driving licence or passport
  • proof of address- a current utility or council tax bill
  • UTR code
  • a business bank account statement or bank statement from an account used solely for business
  • a business outline and cashflow

Next steps

Visit the Business Gateway Highland website for more information and to get support with your application from an adviser.

Support provided by Highland Council Business Gateway

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