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Are you cautious about investing during economic uncertainty? Coast to Capital Growth Grants could help. If you are based in West Sussex, Greater Brighton, East Surrey, Croydon or Lewes District you could apply for a grant of up to 40% of project costs, covering the cost of capital investments that provides you with the opportunity to innovate or improve productivity. 


Gemini Print has been trading for more than 40 years and is the region’s award-winning accredited printing, promotional products and multi-media company with a team of more than 180 people. A £105,100 Growth Grant helped Gemini Print with the deposit to purchase a new high-speed print folder which has allowed the company to invest in more leading-edge, world-class technology to achieve cost-effective, high-quality print results for clients. 

Suzanne Heaven, Marketing Director at Gemini Print, said: “With clients ranging across many sectors, every single project is bespoke and unique, but the factor that everyone has in common is a demand for the highest quality, fast and timely turnaround response, personal customer service, and the best value for money! 

“When you have the first contact with the Grant application process, it can appear to be very daunting. However, work through it with the confidence that the team at Coast to Capital Growth Hub are there to give positive support and guidance. While they have to stick to absolute principles of due diligence and professional process, they are friendly and approachable at all times. I do suspect they may groan when I call them for the umpteenth time, but they hide it well! 

“If successful with your application, you are invited to do a short presentation to the Growth Grant Programme panel. The team will help you ensure this includes the key information the panel is expecting, so then it is your opportunity to shine by demonstrating why your investment is the right decision. Don’t expect any reaction or decision on the day of presentation – there is some nail chewing to do for seven to fourteen days. Good luck with your application!” 


PROFILE Vicky Stevens 

Expert in Residence at Coast to Capital 

Vicky’s role is to ensure that the Coast to Capital Growth Hub engagement with, and support of, women business leaders is equitable. This includes making sure that the Coast to Capital Growth Grant programme is accessed by more women-led businesses. As an ambassador for women in business she holds an accreditation in NatWest’s Everywoman program which supports female business owners to turn their dreams and ambitions into a reality. 

Vicky commented: “The UK has one of the most vibrant entrepreneurial communities in the world, but only one in three of our entrepreneurs is female - we need to be more ambitious and find ways to unlock the huge untapped potential. I am extremely passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs and I am delighted to have been given the exciting opportunity to work on this secondment project with Coast to Capital.” 


Julie Kapsalis 

Coast to Capital Vice Chair, Diversity Champion and Chair of the Growth Grant Awards Panel 

“Ten years on from my work as an Advisor to the UK Women’s Enterprise Taskforce (2006-2009), significant challenges and barriers remain to enabling more women to set up and grow their own businesses. I am passionate about supporting more women to set up and grow their own businesses and welcome established and growing women business owners to apply for the Growth Grants Programme.” 

◗ To find out more please visit coast2capital.org.uk/growth-grant, contact the Coast to Capital Growth Hub on 01293 305965 or email grants@coast2capital.org.uk 

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