Grant helps Corby mason to expand

Tom Garvie of Angels Memorials working in his workshop, in Corby. He has been given a grant by Growing Corby

Tom Garvie of Angels Memorials working in his workshop, in Corby. He has been given a grant by Growing Corby

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A Corby 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, engraves and fits between 10 and 15 headstones a month, working with funeral directors and families to design and install them.

Tom, who was born and bred in Corby, imports stone and uses stencils to sandblast lettering on to headstones.

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 said: “This grant means I will be able to create 3D headstones 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, social enterprises, and companies seeking to move to Corby, to grow and thrive.

Through a programme of grants, internships, coaching, expert advice and targeted market research, Growing Corby is set to create more than 140 new jobs in Corby, help 90 people to launch a new business and support more than 200 local businesses.

Support and advice

Since the launch of Growing Corby in April, 60 local companies have received support and advice and 28 firms have received a total of £70,000 in grants.

Businesses can apply for a minimum grant of £1,200 up to a maximum of £2,500. The money can be used towards IT equipment and software, improvements to premises, production equipment, marketing material, in-company training or expansion projects. To apply for a grant firms need to book an appointment with the Growing Corby team, fill in and submit the grant application form, provide a business plan, two years of financial forecasts and the previous year’s financial accounts.

Deadline dates for 2014 for applications are August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28 and December 26. To find out more call 01536 560224.