A £1m business growth fund has been launched by Chamber chiefs and Town Hall boss Barrie Grunewald.
The fund is aimed at helping small to medium-sized businesses to expand and, in the process, create jobs.
Coun Barrie Grunewald said: “We all know that following the economic crash of 2008 things changed.
“It doesn’t matter whether it is the best growth expansion plan – banks were simply refusing to lend and take a risk, and while we have started to see a more flexible banking environment, we are still very short of what is needed to help business grow and thrive
“I believe this fund will provide essential support to enable that growth to happen.”
Start-up grants for new businesses are available from £500 to £5,000 and business grants for established firms from £1,000 to £10,000.
St Helens Chamber’s director of business services, Tracy Mawson, said: “This new fund from St Helens Council is extremely welcome to assist new entrepreneurs and existing businesses to obtain grants to help them expand.
“There is now significant help for businesses with a good new idea and we encourage local entrepreneurs to come and talk to us as soon as possible.”
To find out more about how St Helens Chamber can help people with a business idea, call Steve Mather on 01744 742082.
Alternatively, for established businesses looking for assistance to expand, call Ian Fletcher on 01744 742108.
For more information, go online at: www.sthelenschamber.com/business_grants