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More than 20 new businesses in Erewash have been given a helping hand by a Golden Hello scheme – but there is still money left in the pot.

The new landlord of the Durham Ox off Bath Street – who has benefitted from the £1,000 grant – has said the scheme has not only gave him a helping hand starting his business but boosts the local economy too.

Tony Coyne said that when he took over in July, he planned to develop the pub and restaurant to offer bed and breakfast.

“Receiving the Golden Hello grant has enabled me to bring the construction and renovation forward so that the project, which consists of three bedrooms and two bathrooms, will be complete in February 2013,” he said.

“We have already created three full-time and two part-time jobs in the pub and restaurant and we expect to create more when the B&B offer is up and running.”

Alongside the cash, the offer from Erewash Partnership and Erewash Borough Council offers free business advice to start-up firms.

Cllr Geoff Smith said: “These £1,000 grants for new businesses have helped to keep our wonderful towns of Ilkeston and Long Eaton alive by breathing new life into the area.”

Although it has not been revealed how much is left to offer new businesses, the partnership is encouraging new businesses to apply.

To find out more call 0115 944 3944 or visit www.ilkeston.biz.