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Micro Enterprise Training and
Employment Programme - 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.

Groundbase introduced the MICRO ENTERPRISE TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME (METEP) in 1999, to encourage the employment of new staff by small and expanding businesses. Grants are awarded on a discretionary basis for up to 50% of eligible projects, to a limit of £ 5,000 Pounds Sterling.

Aims of Micro Enterprise Training and Employment Programme (METEP) :

Eligible Groups :

Examples of Eligible Projects :

Businesses can employ unemployed residents of Dumfries and Galloway who are :-

Discretionary Grants :

Employer's Committments :

Employers who are awarded grants will be required to give a written undertaking that they will :-

Comments :

Case Study :

Lightning Protection Service - Andy Ritchie and Christine Hill Lightning Protection Services (LPS) :
METEP grant supporting employment of Christine Hill.

This scheme ended on 30th June 1999, but other schemes may be in prospect. Contact Groundbase for more information now. If not, go to the next page.

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