Get your share of a £17m fund

Derbyshire businesses have been urged to apply for their share of the £17.47 million cash awarded to the area under the Government’s £500m Growing Places Fund.

The fund aims to create jobs and stimulate local construction work and housing development, and the county is sharing the money with Nottinghamshire.

Bill Newton Dunn, Euro-MP for the East Midlands, said: “This funding will give a much-needed boost to businesses in East Midlands. It will help to protect and create jobs and can be used to boost the transport links crucial to businesses and residents, and getting the homes we need built.

“The search is now on for the most beneficial, innovative projects in East Midlands. I warmly encourage all local construction businesses to submit their bids by the December deadline.”

Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said: “The Growing Places Fund will make a real difference at the grass-roots level, improving the lives of residents and creating jobs.

“Through local councils’ technical and financial expertise, the fund will enable businesses to be released from the constraints of regulatory red tape.

“The fund shows Liberal Democrats’ commitment to stimulating growth through local communities. Local prosperity is crucial to Britain’s ability to support a dynamic and sustainable economy.”

Further details on how to submit a bid can be found at the website http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/regeneration/growingplacesfund.