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Business Support – help for your co-op: Application guidance

Application process

To access the support, you must fill in an application form.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and assess them in regular assessment panel meetings which happen every 4-5 weeks.

Once we have received your application we will first check if it fits our eligibility criteria.

  • If it does not, we will write to explain why and will provide you guidance on other steps you can take
  • If it does, we will submit it to the panel for a full assessment and inform you of the next panel date

We may also arrange a call in advance of the panel to discuss your application in more in detail.   

If you would like your application to be considered for the next panel session, please submit it at least 10 days in advance. Below is a list of the panel dates and the deadline for submitting your application for that panel date. 

If your application has been submitted to the panel for full assessment, we will notify you of the result within 10 working days of the panel date. If your application is successful, we will then start co-ordinating the support package with you.

Application deadline Panel date
27 November 2023 7 December 2023
2 January 2024 11 January 2024 
29 January 2024  8 February 2024 
23 February 2024 6 March 2024 
8 April 2024  17 April 2024