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Funding & Incentives

Enterprise Zone

Designated as a Growth Point and home to the UK’s most successful Enterprise Zone, the Dover district offers significant incentives for new and growing businesses.  

Businesses locating to the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone can benefit from Business Rates discounts of up to £275,000 along with tax breaks on capital investment.

Apply for a 0% Innovation Investment Loan (i3)  

The Innovation Investment Loan scheme (i3) is funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund and aims to deliver over £2 million of loans to local businesses in 2018/19.

The scheme offers 0% loans between £200,000 and £999,999 to small and medium sized businesses with the potential for innovation and high growth to develop new or expand existing products, services, or processes, where these will lead to sustainable new employment.

The scheme opens to new pre-applications on 16 November 2018 and closes at midday on 7 December 2018.

Further information, see the Guidance Notes and access to the on-line Pre-Application

Town Centre Business Grants (Dover District Council)

Dover District Councils new Town Centre Business Grants scheme offers up to £10,000 to bring commercial properties back into use, or to upgrade or improve the appearance of empty premises in designated town centre areas in Dover, Deal and Sandwich. 

For more information, please see the Town Centre Business Grants page. 

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