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Sole traders and micro businesses in Lichfield and Burntwood are being given the chance to apply for free membership to the Federation of Small Businesses.

It comes after a first round of applications saw 28 companies in the Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council given the chance to access the free access to specialist advice and support on offer.

A further £5,000 is being provided to cover the cost for approximately 30 more businesses in the area.

The free membership is available for one person and micro businesses with up to four employees that are not already members, and will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis for eligible applicants.

Cllr Liz Little, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member responsible for economic development, said:

“I am delighted we are joining forces to fund these extra memberships, which will be so useful to even more of our local small businesses.

“Members have access to specialist 1-2-1 advice and support, which in today’s uncertain times will be a valuable asset to draw on.

“This includes a funding platform, medical care helpline, employment advice and protection, free debt recovery, as well as a renowned legal hub and a range of training and networking opportunities.

“I’d encourage our local small businesses to apply quickly to take advantage of this scheme, especially if they missed out earlier this year.”

Cllr Liz Little, Lichfield District Council

To enquire about joining via the free membership scheme, contact Lorraine Farley at Tamworth Borough Council Economic by emailing Lorraine-Farley@tamworth.gov.uk or calling 07580 568514.

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