Growing Corby has this month awarded its 50th grant to commercial property agents Potter Learoyd, which have received a grant worth £2,500.
Potter Learoyd is planning to use the funding to target Corby’s 700 commercial property occupiers in a bid to significantly grow the business. Established 2 and a half years ago, the firm believes it has reached 20% of the total commercial property market in Corby; by the end of next year Potter Learoyd wants this figure to be 100%.
Marcus Learoyd said: “It’s very forward thinking of Growing Corby to make this type of business support available. Everyone in business can do with a helping hand and we are very grateful to Growing Corby for awarding us this grant.
“As a small business we are short on time so to receive funding to enable us to outsource key elements of a business growth strategy is fundamentally important. Any form of help that’s available is well received and l would encourage other businesses in Corby to take up some of the services on offer.”
Now six months in to its fourteen month initiative, Growing Corby has awarded 50 grants worth £125,000 to Corby businesses, with firms in Corby also responding well to the programme’s other areas of support.
25 companies have received 12 hours of free market research, three firms have benefitted from paid internships, 27 social enterprises have had specialist support and 7 SMEs have received creativity coaching.
Anthony Richardson is Marketing and Communications Manager at Growing Corby, he said: “We’re halfway through our programme and have had a fantastic response from Corby’s business community. We’re firmly on track to meet our objectives with regards to business creation, growth and job creation, but we still have plenty of support to offer firms in Corby and would urge any SME out there with growth on its agenda to contact us.
“Just last week, Corby was named as Britain’s fastest growing town, according to data from the Land Registry, which is a significant achievement and an accolade that we hope will provide an additional boost to local businesses.”
The Growing Corby programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and offers support for SME’s in Corby such as market research, grants of up to £2,500, free coaching and an internship service.