If you are thinking of starting up a new business, or if are you a small business  wanting to try out a new idea or explore new markets and opportunities Stevenage Borough Council’s new Test Trading Grant may be able to help.


The Council is aiming to promote innovation and enterprise by providing direct help to the business community. In this difficult economic climate it is more important than ever to support local businesses and the Council hopes to achieve this by making grants of up to £500 available for

  • Test trading a product or service
  • Setting up a market stall
  • Expanding into a new market
  • Diversifying into a new product
  • Promoting a new product or service
  • Buying equipment or tools to launch a new business
  • Producing a prototype
 For more information and to find out how to apply –

 One of the first recipients of the Test Trading Grant is Bipin Patel, who is using the opportunity to promote “Bipin’s Masala”, a range of authentic Indian curry pastes.    

Cllr Simon Speller, Executive Member for Economy, Enterprise and Transport, said, “These grants can help some new businesses to get off the ground and can help some existing small businesses to try out some new ideas.  This is a good example of the Council working in partnership with the BTC to help promote enterprise and innovation in the town in practical ways.”