City of Wolverhampton businesses are being urged to act fast when the new Black Country Small Grants Programme goes live next month (November).

The Government scheme – supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - is being delivered by the Black Country Growth Hub.

It will provide grants of £1,000 to £3,000 (and in exceptional cases up to £5,000) for small firms to buy in critical consultancy support.

Areas of support include legal, finance, human resources, health and safety, Covid-19 risk assessments and prevention measures, or purchasing IT or small pieces of equipment to adapt to new ways of working.

Businesses are being encouraged to register for the Black Country Growth Hub Newsletter to receive notification as soon as the scheme goes live. To sign up visit Black Country Growth Hub.

Basic eligibility will include evidencing significant financial loss over recent months and a specific need for consultancy support.

A visitor economy package is also set to go live next month to support 40 Black Country businesses in the hospitality sector.

Bents Limited, a new private sector partner with expertise and experience of delivering for two Local Enterprise Partnerships in the Midlands, will deliver this Government scheme.

It will offer diagnostics/needs analysis through to 1 to 1 support, workshops and webinars, and grants of £1,000 to £1,800 for more specialist support and the purchase of small items/equipment.

Businesses can register their interest by emailing

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “This additional support for our local business community is very welcome and I would encourage Wolverhampton businesses to register their interest now and apply as soon as the schemes go live.

“As a council, we have ensured thousands of eligible businesses have had quick access to vital funding to help them through this most difficult time.

“It is paramount these new grants get allocated swiftly and that no business is left behind as our city looks to recover from the financial impact of Covid-19.

“Details on these schemes and other support available can be found at Wolves in Business.”