Decision details

Decision details

Business Support Herts Growth Hub Programme

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


As part of the council’s response to covid and our ongoing commitment to support businesses through the pandemic the council is seeking to enter in to a partnership with HGH to provide business advisory support and grants (revenue funding) to businesses with 5-10 employees to support them to adapt and grow their business.

Businesses of this size are most likely to benefit from this level of support, creating stronger, sustainable businesses.

The proposal would secure the services of Herts Growth Hub to undertake:
•11 month delivery programme
•Single scheme targeting businesses with 5 – 10 employees to maximise impact.
•£350k grant pot to be paid as direct grants to businesses. Maximum £5,000 grant and 100% intervention rate, delivering a minimum of 70 grants.

A jointly developed marketing campaign will be led and delivered by Watford Borough Council.

Note the funding of this is not included in the allocation of £500k.

£150k will be allocated to provide additional business advice as well as management and administrative services.


Agreed: that any support packages being undertaken by Hertfordshire Growth Hub be in the form of a ‘grant’ and subject to a grant agreement.

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 03/05/2021

Date of decision: 26/04/2021


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