Fifteen small businesses have today (Wednesday) been awarded £1,000 from the York Restart Fund to give their business plans a boost.
The York Restart Fund was set up by First Bus York with the backing of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) in North Yorkshire to help small businesses in retail, leisure, hospitality and other consumer sectors boost their recovery from lockdown.
Small businesses had to make their case for how they would use the funding through an online application which lasted for 15 days and closed at the end of April.
The 15 businesses
Bish Bash Pot
The Braithwaite Gallery
Glamour Glow and Glisten
Granary Art House
The Hat Shop
Hilda & Jane’s A Bit of What You Fancy
Just Smile Designs
The Little Yorkshire Candle Company
Paul Dawson Coins
The 15 successful firms to receive the funding were decided by a judging panel of Marc Bichtemann, managing director of First Bus York and Carolyn Frank and Simon Williams of the FSB, who reviewed more than 100 applications.
The list of businesses includes a wide cross-section of trading activities from homewares, coffee houses and bars, beauty salons and dairies to bakeries, gifts, hats, arts and crafts, artefacts and accommodation.
More information is available on the First Bus York website.
‘Many dynamic ideas’
Marc Bichtemann said: “We were overwhelmed by the interest in the fund and it helped to generate many innovative and dynamic ideas. This made it very difficult in choosing which ones to give the financial support.
He added: “This cash boost will help grow thriving and successful independent small businesses on the streets of the city and our outlying communities which are a vital and uplifting part of York’s recovery from lockdown.”
Carolyn Frank said: “It was clear from reading the entries that whilst the pandemic has had a severe impact on trade, York’s businesses are now firmly focused on the future and welcoming their customers back to the city.
:The York Restart Fund is helping them to do that by supporting business improvements.”
Vote for overall winner
The firms will now be competing for public support to get a share of a further £5,000 from the fund.
A People’s Choice vote begins next week (Monday 17 May-Thursday 20 May) with the top three businesses awarded £2,500 for first, £1,500 second and £1,000 third place.
These will be live from Monday 17 May.
Marc added: “Every one of these businesses deserves support, so all I can say is ‘get online and vote!’”