What is it?
The Business Booster Fund has been established to support the growth of businesses located within Wigan Borough.
Grants of up to £2,000 are available for start-ups and small independent businesses. Loans of up to £10,000 are available for existing businesses trading for more than 24 months.
Both funds can help with a range of costs, including recruitment, upskilling, investment in equipment and premises, improvements to property (for example exterior painting, signage), as well as rental charges (not including property rent).
We will not fund businesses where non-payment of business rates is found.
Who can apply?
Small independent businesses and new start-ups located in the town centres of Wigan and Leigh and all district centres.
To be eligible you must meet a certain criteria and sign up to The Deal for Business.
During the application process, you will have to provide proof that you have already pursued other established grant and loan programmes.
Who is not eligible to apply?
There are some types of business that we will not support, these include:
- Pay-day loan companies
- Adult shops
- Hot food takeaways
- Temporary shops selling ‘themed’ goods’ e.g. Christmas shops, bonfire/fireworks shops
- Charity shops
- Pound/budget goods shops
- Multiples/major high street stores.
Businesses that have received other forms of funding from the Council previously will not be eligible to apply.
How will the funding be awarded?
Grant Scheme of up to £2,000
On approval the full grant will be released to you up front.
Loan Scheme of up to £10,000
On approval 50% of the loan will be released to you up front and the remainder will be awarded 6 months later. This gives your business the opportunity to demonstrate ongoing commitment and engagement. In exceptional circumstances, 100% of the loan may be awarded up front.
For both the loan and grant scheme, monitoring will be undertaken by our Business Engagement Team on a quarterly basis for a minimum of 3 years.
How can I apply?
You can apply for the Business Booster using our online form below.
Both funds are NOT guaranteed and applicants must meet the terms and conditions.
Please note that you will need to agree and sign up to The Deal for Business as part of completing the online application.