In this issue
Coast to Capital Funding Escalator
Learning Lunch +Google
Next Generation: Start Something! 
What makes you so different?
Disability confident event
SME Innovation Vouchers
National Apprenticeship Week Celebration at Mercedes-Benz World
What's on
What's on

14 February 10.00-12.00 Fabulous Women and Marvellous Men, Hartsfield Manor.  Find out more  


20 February 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch What Makes You So Different?  Nicola McDonald, Attractive Marketing Learning Lunch, Town Hall Reigate.  Book your space now


21 February from 9am Redhill Micropreneurs Co -Working, Redhill.  Find out more 


28 February 17.30-19.30 Morrisons Solicitors R&R connects, Old Reigations RFC.  Find out more.


1 March 08.30-10.00 Is your business Disability Confident?  Come along and hear the benefits of taking part in the Disability Confident Scheme. Town Hall, Reigate  Book your space.


6 March 17.30 - 19.00 Redhill Business Guild, Three Central, Redhill.  E mail if you would like to go along. 


12 March 17.30-19.00 Banstead Business Guild Meeting, Cafe Italia, Banstead.  Find out more


20 March 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch 7 Steps for Crowdfunding Success – Adrià Tarrida, Crowdfunding Consultant. Book your space now


12 June Surrey Business Expo, Surrey Sports Park, Guildford.  Find out more.


11 September 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch How Artificial Intelligence in Finance can support your business – Esther Guy & Natasha Baker, A4C Group. Book your space now.

16 October 12.00-14.00 Getting the most from LinkedIn
 with the ever-popular Emma Turner, My Social Secretary.  Book your space now


13 November  11.00-14.00 Learning Lunch + Google Digital Garage Comes to Reigate and Banstead - Book your space now


Join your local Business Guild


Business Guilds are a great way to be part of your local business community. 


Banstead - fully committed to helping Banstead become the most vibrant village in Surrey in which to live and work, we are a group of local businesses that recognise our responsibility to the greater community.

Redhill -
enhancing Redhill as a place to live, work and do business.

Reigate -
a local united voluntary voice from the business community, promoting commerce, events, activities and opportunities for the benefit of Reigate.


Horley Association of Traders - HATs is an open group that all traders and members of the public can join. We continue to drive awareness of Horley as a town and to promote local business growth.



Funding and awards

Reigate & Banstead Business Support Grant Do you have a business based in the borough with less than four employees? Are you looking to grow?  Why not apply for our Business Support Grant of up to £1,000? 


Successful business grant applicants will also receive one year's membership to Enterprise Nation 


Do you need start-up funding for your business?  Struggling to get funding from a mainstream provider? Have a look at responsible finance provider Fredericks Foundation, who may be able to help.


It's quicker to report things, make payments and apply for services online.
Coast to Capital Funding Escalator
Is your ambitious SME looking to grow?

The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has committed £5m of capital to create a funding escalator comprising a loan scheme and an equity fund managed by The FSE Group. If you are an ambitious SME based in the Coast to Capital region with the potential to deliver high growth and employment opportunities, you may be eligible to apply.

Coast to Capital Expansion Loan Scheme

  • Loan Amount: £50,000 – £500,000
  • Loan Term: Up to 4 years


To apply to the Loan Scheme your business must:


  • be a SME established as a limited company
  • have a material part of its operations in the district councils of Surrey and Sussex which are covered by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
  • have existing sales and customers and thus have a proven business concept which has achieved some commercial traction; it is expected to have been trading for at least 12 months and generated sales of at least £100,000 per annum
  • have compelling commercial potential
  • require finance to invest in expansion and scaling up activities that will deliver substantial growth impact.


Coast to Capital Trade Finance Loan Scheme 

  • Loan Amount: £50,000 - £200,000
  • Loan Term: 3 – 12 months


To apply to the Loan Scheme the business must:


  • be a SME established as a limited company
  • have a material part of its operations in an area covered by Coast to Capital (map)
  • have a short term trade funding requirement that may include the following:
  • Working capital for specific new contracts/orders: enabling SMEs to fulfil particular orders or contracts which would otherwise have been unattainable due to the working capital cycles involved (e.g. up-front supplier payments, delivery timescales, client payment terms)
  • Short term irregular invoicing patterns from specific contracts/projects
  • Up-front tooling requirements for identifiable medium term contracts or export activity
  • Cash-backing for performance bonds/guarantees: temporary credit enhancement to enable banks to support SMEs in the tendering and delivery of significant/strategic contracts


Coast to Capital Growth Equity Fund

  • The Coast to Capital Growth Equity Fund invests in high growth small and medium sized businesses and can provide up to £200,000 as an equity investment. The investment must be matched by at least an equal amount of private investment, which the FSE Group can work with the company to source.


  • Amount: £50,000 – £200,000 (excluding matching investment).



Investee Companies will be expected to demonstrate the potential for high growth and will typically display the following characteristics at the time the investment is made:

  • either have headquarters or a material part of the business in the district councils of Surrey and Sussex which are covered by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
  • some existing sales and customers or credible near term prospects for making such sales
  • not be a turnaround
  • a credible business strategy to deliver significant growth
  • a viable product or service with clear market potential
  • a sustainable competitive advantage with supporting intellectual property rights as necessary
  • a committed management team with relevant background
  • financial projections clearly showing application of funds
  • a realistic exit strategy with potential to be achieved within 5 years

Get in touch with Coast to Capital to find out more.

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