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Heart of Bucks is delighted to announce that the first SWEF Enterprise Fund grant has been awarded to a young entrepreneur in Buckinghamshire and it’s already changing the future of his business.

Lewis – the owner of Primary Pressure was awarded a grant of £1,400 from SWEF, a national charity initiative, aimed at enhancing the activities of young business owners, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

Lewis had a successful pressure washing business but was keen to expand. The SWEF grant allowed him to extend the services he offers clients and he now has his first employee.

Lewis said: “I’m really pleased with my grant from SWEF which has enabled my business to expand at just the right time. The process was simple and straight forward and I’d encourage anyone in my position to apply”.

The SWEF Enterprise Fund, awards grants of up to £2,000 per business to support local young people to achieve their business aspirations and goals. Designed to provide crucial support to early-stage businesses or commercial activities, the fund is open to considering a huge range of different ideas and business plans.

Henry Allmand, CEO of Heart of Bucks Community Foundation who are administering the scheme in Buckinghamshire through its Young Futures Fund programme said: “We are excited to be working with SWEF to support local business owners and the potential entrepreneurs of the future. This fund will serve as a catalyst for the next generation of businesses in Buckinghamshire. We want to ensure that young people are supported to realise their aspirations, particularly those who might have come from a disadvantaged background.”

The criteria for applicants includes that individuals must be aged 18 to 30, reside in or have their business operations within the Buckinghamshire Council administrative area, as well as other conditions which can be found on our Young Futures website.

Applicants are encouraged to articulate how a grant from the SWEF Fund will enhance the growth and development of their businesses. Funding can be utilised for a diverse array of business costs, including purchasing equipment, buying materials and stock, and creating digital resources like a website.

To find out more about the SWEF fund and other grants for young people and the organisations supporting them visit