MORE than 20 Keighley businesses have shared in almost £1m since the launch of Keighley Towns Fund, new figures show.

The cash has been distributed through the Government-financed fund's Capital Assistance to Business Growth Programme.

And money is still available, say pot bosses.

Grants can be used for a range of purposes, such as investing in premises or new machinery.

Shipley Towns Fund – which has so far distributed over £600,000, amongst more than a dozen businesses – also has further funding available.

It's expected that around 150 new jobs will be created as a result of the grants awarded to date across both areas.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, says: "It’s so positive to see how this funding is already making such a significant impact. It has directly translated into growth for the businesses which have received it, and the welcome creation of new jobs.

"Grants ranging from £1,500 to £315,000 are still available for businesses within, or looking to move to, the Keighley and Shipley Towns Fund areas."

Keighley Towns Fund chair, Tim Rogers, says: "Keighley has a proud industrial heritage and a thriving business community. There is funding available for businesses that would benefit. I'd encourage anyone interested to get in touch."

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