Expert Help - Terms and Conditions

  1. Any support shall be awarded at Argyll and Bute Council’s (“the Council”) absolute discretion and the Council reserves the right to refuse any application.
  2. Applicants are required to declare all previous support received from UK, Scottish or Local Government support schemes to provide local authorities with the necessary information to ensure payments are compliant with subsidy control limits. 
  3. Any support awarded is to the business not an individual.
  4. Only two applications per business or individual can be made.  Where there is more than one owner of the business, for example in a partnership or limited company, details of all the other individuals involved in the business must be provided with the application.
  5. Applicants must engage with the specialist adviser appointed to support them within 4 weeks and complete the support sessions within 12 weeks or the support may be withdrawn.  Any extension must be requested in advance and The Council cannot guarantee that an extension will be approved. 
  6. The support activity must be completed by 31 March 2025.
  7. The expert help support will close to applications as soon as all funds are committed, or on 1 December 2024 whichever comes first.
  8. In the event of a successful application applicants acknowledge and agree that the Council and/or Business Gateway shall carry out  monitoring of the progress of their business.  This will be in the form of a telephone call or email, normally approximately 6  months after any  support has been completed. Applicants will be required to provide all relevant information to the Council to enable effective monitoring.
  9. The Council reserves the right to use details of the project for publicity for the programme and share information with any parties appointed to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of this funding, including the UK Government.
  10. The Council may be required to make any application for Council funding available for public scrutiny under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRS). Applicants should make the Council aware of any parts of its application or items and their cost that they are seeking grant support for, which may prejudice its interest if it were made public, however, nothing shall preclude the Council from making public, if required under FOISA or EIRS, any information provided by the Applicant.
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