BUSINESSES in York are being urged to "go for growth" by applying for their share of a £200 million fund.

A new round of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund has opened for businesses across the country, and firms in York have until 30 September 30 to put in a bid.

The fund has already helped more than 220 projects get started across the country, creating and safeguarding jobs in a range of industries from life sciences to motor vehicle manufacture.

Cllr James Alexander, Leader of the Council said: "This is a great opportunity for local businesses to access funding to help develop their businesses and secure jobs and growth.

"The Regional Growth Fund is all about giving companies the confidence to invest, hire and grow.

"I would encourage firms in York to come forward and apply to this round of funding either directly, or through partnership arrangements.

"Cities across the country have seen huge projects funded by the fund and its time York saw similar investment.”

The Regional Growth Fund supports firms of all sizes to expand, through investment in premises or technology and equipment which will lead to long term job creation.

The minimum grant is £1 million, but firms can apply as part of City or region-wide ‘partnership bids’ with other interested parties.

Round 6 of the Regional Growth Fund will close to applications on September 30, with successful bidders announced a few months later.