Dacorum’s Den – the business grant scheme based on the popular TV show – is back for 2017.

Now in its sixth year, it gives budding local entrepreneurs the chance to apply for up to £1,000 to grow and develop a business idea.

If you're looking to start a business or are a Dacorum-based business with fewer than 20 employees and an annual turnover of less than £1 million, you are eligible to apply.

Organised by Dacorum Borough Council, and supported by local sponsors including Abode Bed, Gyron, Haspineall Collins, JE2 and McDonald’s, the scheme has awarded £50,000 to Dacorum businesses and created 33 jobs in the borough over the past five years.

Last year’s grant winners included Spirit of the Old Town, which offers historical costumed tours around Hemel Hempstead, and Sherry Hostler Cake Artistry, a new cake business opening in Tring.

All businesses applying will receive business support from our Enterprise and Investment Team.

How to get involved

The scheme is now open, and the deadline for applications is 19 May 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to put their ideas before a panel of judges, led by Mike Penning, on 7 July 2017.

If you're ready to make it big in business, please download the Dacorum's Den application form (PDF 88KB) and email a completed copy to business@dacorum.gov.uk.

Full details here https://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/business/business-services/dacorums-den