A Corby based memorial mason is set to go 3D with a cutting edge engraving machine – thanks to a Growing Corby grant.
Tom Garvie, who set up Angels Memorials in 2007 and works from his Dale Street workshop, typically engraves and fits between 10 and 15 gravestones a month, working with funeral directors and families to engrave, design and install grave stones around the UK.
Tom, who is born and bred in Corby, currently imports stones and uses stencils to sandblast lettering on to grave stones.
A £2,500 grant from the Growing Corby business growth programme is set to transform the business, enabling the mason to order a state of the art Granite Impact Etching Machine.
Tom explained: “This grant means I will be able to create 3D head stones which, rather than fading over time, will last forever. I will also be able to use the machine to engrave images on to headstones, so that photographs of loved ones can be captured in stone.
“Only a handful of other masons in the UK own these machines, which are huge in the States and Canada, so I really will be able to offer a unique service. I want to work with more funeral directors, expand my business and eventually recruit.”
The Growing Corby Business Growth Programme, made possible thanks to a £1.1million project supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is helping local businesses and social enterprises, and companies seeking to move to Corby, to grow and thrive.
Through a unique programme of grants, internships, coaching, expert advice and targeted market research, Growing Corby is set to create over 140 new jobs in Corby, help over 90 individuals to launch a new business, support more than 200 local businesses to improve their performance and attract or create 60 new businesses to Corby by the end of 2015.
Angels Memorials have also received support services from Enterprise4Corby, another ERDF project aimed at supporting businesses in the area.