BUSINESS priorities and a fund for small and medium enterprises was backed by Kirklees Cabinet members.
Plans outlining the council’s priorities to support business growth were given support.
And senior councillors also backed a fund for companies and community centres to expand.
Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for Place, said the fund was an “excellent initiative”.
The £500,000 is for the Access to Finance Jobs Growth programme to support private sector job creation, support small and medium sized enterprises and create 120 jobs and support 20 businesses.
Kirklees will put £150,000 into a revolving loan fund for its own area.
Further to the Funding Circle, grants of up to £20,000 will be offered to small and medium-sized businesses to create jobs.
And a further £50,000 will be available for community centres to become more sustainable.
Clr Andrew Cooper, Newsome ward member and head of the Green and Valley Independents, asked how the £50,000 for community centres would be administered.
He was told the grants were open to all community centres with a plan to develop.
The Business Deal, also backed, sets out the council’s ideas for supporting and attracting industry.
It includes an Apprentice Hub, grants and funding pots and regenerating areas close to the M62.
Promoting land for business development especially at Cooper Bridge, also featured.