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Business Development : 1995 - 1997

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.

Already, Dumfries and Galloway's new and small businesses have benefited from over £ 800,000 Sterling of grant assistance through the MICRO ENTERPRISE GROWTH ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME (MEGA) from Groundbase.

250 local businesses have received MEGA grants, mainly towards the cost of capital items such as computer equipment, workshop machinery, air powered tools and forestry harvesting equipment.

MEGA applied to new and small businesses employing a maximum of 10 full time staff in a range of sectors which included : manufacturing, processing, forestry and other businesses adding value to the local economy.

MEGA grants were awarded on a discretionary basis for up to 30% of eligible project costs, and awards ranging from £ 500 to £ 10,000 Sterling maximum.

MEGA Projects :

The 250 MEGA grant-aided projects include the following :-

Sulwath Breweries, Southerness : £ 4,000 towards building works & equipment.
Max Toys, Kelloholm : £ 850 towards Optimate Woodworking Machine and other equipment.
Suzi Cairns: £ 4,300 towards a new studio for her fabric design business.
Richard Edkins, Dalbeattie : £ 795 towards computer equipment for net page design.

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