Elford Village

Village News

Village History

Click on the tab at the bottom of the Village Information section for fascinating details of Elford's history and photos of old Elford people and places.

Elford Social Club

At a recent well attended Extraordinary General Meeting the members agreed to the closure of the club for financial reasons. Most exisitng members have since renewed their memberships.

Lichfield District Small Business Grants

The Lichfield District small business grant scheme offers grants of between £500 and £1,500 to local small businesses and start-ups looking at overcoming financial barriers to growth.

A maximum of 50% of the costs of the total project can be applied for (overall project cost is capped at £3,000 to get the maximum grant).

Eligibility

Applicants must first receive support from the Enterprise for Success programme before their grant application is processed.

To be eligible, an applicant must be one of the following:

  • An individual who is a permanent resident and looking to start up a business within Lichfield District.
  • An existing small business (up to 10 employees) located in Lichfield District that has been trading for no more than three years.

The grant can go towards the following eligible costs:

  • marketing purposes
  • ICT software and hardware
  • office equipment e.g. laptop, desks, chairs
  • professional qualifications or training e.g. ISO, professional body membership
  • equipment to support product or process development and business growth

To register your interest or find out if you are eligible, please email us or call us on 01543 308149.

To apply for the grant, you will need to have first received support from Enterprise for Success who will provide you with an application form. The Economic Development service can refer yourself to the programme.

Once you have the application form, please email us a copy of the following completed documents:

·        a completed and signed application form

·        a business plan

·        financial projections for two years

Any goods or services bought before or ordered prior to the grant approval date set out on the confirmation letter will not be reimbursed by us.We cannot guarantee all applications will be successful, with a limited amount of funding available per year. Applications will be evaluated and scored based on meeting the aim of the scheme, to support business and employment growth and helping to deliver our priority of a vibrant and prosperous economy.

The scheme will run for three years, from 2018 to 2021, with a pot of £20,000 funding available for each financial year. The closing dates for the first two rounds in this financial year are 28 December 2018 and 22 February 2019 where £10,000 shall be awarded. After this, the 2019/20 and 2020/21 rounds will close on the last Friday of the following months: May, August, November and February with £5,000 being allocated per round.

For more information, visit the grant’s webpage: www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/sbg where the guidance notes can be found.

 

Business Advice

Get free advice and support to help your business grow

 

 

Are you a business looking to grow, but you’re not sure how to go about it? Lichfield District businesses can get support from a new Growth Hub Advisor, who is offering free advice and support to help small and medium sized businesses in the area reach their potential.

 

 

 

 

 

Klaudia Haines is available now to meet with businesses, explore their needs and connect them to relevant partners to help them get the support they need to succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

As a Growth Hub Advisor, Klaudia has access to a wide range of services, initiatives and organisations that can help businesses tackle a variety of barriers to growth they may be facing.

 

 

 

 

 

This could include support with writing business plans for start-up firms, help recruiting staff, exploring funding opportunities and accessing training and workshops in a variety of sectors.

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting businesses across Southern Staffordshire, the advisor position has been arranged by Tamworth Borough Council in partnership with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Growth Hub.

 

 

 

 

 

Klaudia is based out of Tamworth Enterprise Centre, covering Lichfield District, Tamworth, Cannock and East Staffordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

Funding for the role is available until September 2019 and Klaudia is hoping to meet and help as many businesses as possible between now and then.

 

 

 

 

 

Klaudia said:“As a small or medium sized business it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn next, or what help and support is available – and that’s where I come in. I can either visit your business premises, or we can meet at a location to suit, and together we can explore your next steps and the ways you achieve your business objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

“These discussions can be incredibly useful for identifying the areas you need help with, or where there is potential for growth and improvement. I can then signpost to useful organisations or initiatives which a business may not even be aware of.

 

 

 

 

 

“For example, I have already been telling businesses about the Higher Level Skills Match programme which matches SMEs with work-ready, local graduates who have the skills they need to drive their business forward. Also the many workshops available through the Growth Hub itself and the Enterprise for Success programme, delivered by Blue Orchid, on an array of subjects from social media and marketing to tax and bookkeeping. Just within two years, more than 800 entrepreneurs have been supported by Enterprise for Success within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area.

 

 

 

 

 

“Whether you’re looking to start a business, or you’ve been going many years, I’d encourage all SMEs in the area to give me a call and arrange an appointment – you’ve got nothing to lose!”

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Stokes, owner of Love EMVY, has already taken advantage of the new service. She said:“The Growth Hub Advisor role is invaluable to local businesses. Klaudia arranged a meeting with me and has been so thorough in identifying specific requirements for my business to grow. She has been able to signpost me to relevant support, training courses and other bodies that can assist me.”

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said:“Having an impartial person come in and look at your business can be incredibly valuable for kick-starting your growth ambitions. You might also learn about funding and initiatives that could be pivotal to your success. I would encourage all local SMEs to take advantage of this free service while it’s available.”

 

 

 

 

 

To arrange an appointment, email Klaudia Haines at Klaudia-Haines@tamworth.gov.uk, or call 07528 630002.

 

 

 

 

 

The GBSLEP Growth Hub acts as a single point of contact for business advice, funding and support for any business across Greater Birmingham, either providing support directly, or referring to specialist advice through partner organisations.

 

 

 

 

 

There is a wide range of local support to businesses. Find out more at www.lichfieldddc.gov.uk/businessadvice

 

Referendum

The Referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan will be held in Elford on Thursday 29th November  to decide on the following question:

Do you want Lichfield District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Elford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

The referendum will take place in the Shakespeare Room, Elford Village Hall, between 7am and 10pm.

See the notice for details.

More information on the plan can be found on this website under the Village Information tab, see Neighbourhood Plan.

Or you can read the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents, plus the Examiner's amendments, and decision statement on Lichfield District Council's website https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/Council/Planning/The-local-plan-and-planning-policy/Neighbourhood-plans/Elford-neighbourhood-plan.aspx. The full version which was later amended by the Examiner is in the section Submission of Elford Neighbourhood Plan, entitled Elford Neighbourhood Plan (submission draft). 

Neighbourhood Plan Result

More than half of those who voted in the Referendum have voted in favour, so the Plan wil go forward to be 'made' and used as a planning document when deciding on planning applications for Elford.

Thank you to all who went along to vote, and all who helped to prepare the Plan.

Result

Post Office closure

As customers may already know, the Post Office service at the Village Hall, (for which the Parish Council pays the rent to keep this service in the village) is currently closed. The Post Office are trying to find someone to run this facility and will keep us informed.

Please see this letter for information

Events for December

Click here for information from Village Voice

Twinning ceremony

Twinning with Awoingt, France

On June 24th the twinning agreement was signed by representatives of Elford and Awoingt. Cllr Phil Turley signed the agreement on behalf of Elford Parish Council, and the Mayor, M. Lechowicz, on behalf of Awoingt.  Visitors from Awoingt were welcomed to Elford on the weekend of 25th August, when a reciprocal signing ceremony and various social events took place.

Elford Parish Council look forward to many years of this association.