HTA offers grant help to members

Association makes it easier for growers to access Government grants and tax credits

The HTA has launched a new service for its members to help businesses — particularly growers — who want access to Government grants and tax credits. The association has teamed up with Currency Connect UK (CCUK), which specialises in locating funding and assisting in applications. The initiative means help will be given to source “free” money, possibly reducing the need to seek out bank loans or private investments. CCUK’s fee structure has been discounted for HTA members. The cost of an initial meeting and search for available grants and tax credits relevant to a specific business has been halved from the normal price of £575 to £285. If no grant or tax credit is received within one year, the fee is refunded. Where a grant or tax credit is found, CCUK will charge HTA members 14 per cent of its value — a 6.5 per cent discount on its normal rate. HTA director general David Gwyther commented: “There is a wide range of grants and tax credits available to companies operating in this industry, many of which are not being taken up by the businesses they are targeting. “If a horticulture business is looking for finance, it is definitely a good idea to seek ‘free’ equity from the Government instead of being beholden to the banks and investors,” he added. The association has launched a simple Microsoft Excel version of the Packaging Waste Workbook. It details the obligations of garden centres and retail nurseries under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging) Regulations 1997. The CD costs £25 plus VAT for members. Contact Alison Smith on 0118 930 3132.

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