Corby firms cash in on grants offer

Founder of Electric Corby Nick Bolton
Founder of Electric Corby Nick Bolton

Businesses are cashing in on the Growing Corby programme with nine firms already receiving grants.

In total 15 Corby businesses have had much-needed support from the initiative which was launched earlier this month.

The £1.1m scheme aims to boost jobs in Corby and encourage new companies to move to the town.

A wide range of firms, including marketing agencies, a gym and a computer repair business, have had support, with nine of the 15 companies which have taken advantage of Growing Corby successfully bidding for one of its £2,5000 growth grants.

One job has been created, with others expected in the coming months and five companies have each received 12 hours of free market research.

Another company is set to benefit later this month from a three-month paid intern, which Growing Corby has arranged to help the business to grow.

Nick Bolton, founder of Electric Corby, the organisation managing the Growing Corby programme, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help and support so many companies and look forward to providing support to hundreds more over the coming months.

“Corby is increasingly regarded as a first choice location for business and Growing Corby will continue to play an active part at the very heart of this.”

The scheme, which received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), has been set up to help local businesses and social enterprise, as well as companies seeking to move to Corby, to grow and thrive.

Through a programme of grants, internships, coaching, expert advice and targeted market research, it aims to create more than 140 new jobs in Corby, help 90 individuals to launch their own business, support more than 200 local firms to improve and attract or create 60 new businesses to the town by the end of 2015.

For more information visit www.growingcorby.co.uk.