Thursday, 20 November 2014

Funding for Derbyshire Businesses

At the MBC business group meeting this week we had an interesting update from Michael Reardon, Senior Transport Officer (Smarter Travel), Derbyshire County Council Sustainable Travel team

Michael gave us an update on capital funding for cycle facilities that available to local businesses.  He has sent me further details so I am sharing them with you here.

Derbyshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel team currently have capital funds available to improve cycle facilities at tourism businesses across Derbyshire.
Eligible businesses include bed and breakfasts, hotels and self catering establishments, as well as visitor attractions and other tourism based facilities.
Examples of typical projects:
* Cycle storage, including sheffield stands and shelters.

* Associated amenities, including storage lockers.

* Improvements to gates and pathways where appropriate.

Other proposals with clear cycle related benefits – especially those which encourage longer distance cycle leisure trips and overnight stays – will also be considered.
The funding is strictly limited, and available on a 50/50 basis.

If you feel that your tourism business could benefit and would like to find out more, contact:
Tel: 01629 538156

* There is no specific closing date, nor any long application form.
* Funds are available on a first come first served basis, up to a maximum of 50% of total capital costs (ex VAT).
* There is no specific upper or lower limit of funding applications, although a typical cycle shelter costs between £1,500 - £2,500 + VAT.
* Facilities could benefit both visitors and staff.
* Interested parties should contact The Sustainable Travel team (as above) in the first instance.

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