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D.G. Lockharts

Micro Enterprise Growth Assistance
Business Information Technology Enhancement - 1998-1999

Groundbase is part of the LEADER II European Community Initiative to aid business growth, community development and the rural economy across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway. It is a partnership between the European Union, Dumfries and Galloway Council, and Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise, and runs until the year 2000.

Groundbase programmes are designed to complement the services offered by other local agencies such as Dumfries and Galloway Enterprise and the Business Shops to local businesses.

The Groundbase MICRO ENTERPRISE GROWTH ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME - BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT (MEGA-BITE) was developed from MEGA in response to feedback from clients. This programme concentrates purely on the introduction or enhancement of information technology for small businesses.

Since its introduction in May 1998, over 25 applications have been approved. An essential ingredient in MEGA-BITE is the training of staff who will be using the equipment.

Aims of MEGA-BITE :

Eligible Groups :

  • Manufacturing and processing.
  • Downstream activities in farming and forestry.
  • Essential rural services.
  • Other 'added value' industries.
  • Farms.
  • Tourism-related businesses.

Examples of Eligible Projects :

  • Purchase of computer hardware and software.
  • Relevant staff training.

Discretionary Grants :

  • Up to 30% (excluding Value Added Tax).
  • Maximum grant value £ 5,000.
  • Minimum grant value £ 300.

Comments :

  • Maximum of 10 full-time staff.
  • Trading for at least 6 months.

Case Studies :

D.G. Lockharts D.G. Lockharts :
Funding under MEGA-BITE to provide this upholsterers and funeral director with a computerised administration system.
Cauldron Press Cauldron Press :
MEGABITE funding for new computer imaging and photographic equipment.
Damhead Boarding Kennels Damhead Boarding Kennels :
MEGABITE funding for computer-based accounting and marketing system.
Virginia Kearse in her studio Kearse & Boys :
MEGABITE funding for computer-based accounting and marketing system.
Simon Winstanley and John Crallan Crallan & Winstanley Architects :
MEGABITE funding for new CAD package and computerised network.

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