Corby Works: First firm benefits from £1m scheme

Richard Mellon of Melli
Richard Mellon of Melli

A Corby marketing company has become the first business in the town to benefit from the new £1.1m Growing Corby programme.

Melli, which is based at Corby Enterprise Centre, has received a £2,500 grant from the scheme and the money has been used to buy a second video camera.

The new equipment will enable it to produce more high quality film for its impressive list of clients, which includes Twinnings, Thorntons, Heineken, Johnson & Johnson, Mars and Coca-Cola.

Growing Corby is a new campaign to create jobs, help existing companies expand and provide support to people planning to launch new enterprises.

As part of the programme, firms can apply for growth grants of up to £2,500.

Melli director Mike Dickson said: “The Growing Corby grant we have received doesn’t sound like a lot of money but it has enabled us to buy essential equipment. Before, when we needed a second camera we had to hire one.

“The new equipment means we can punch above our weight. It makes a big difference and it’s a nice pat on the back for the company to receive a cash boost.”

Melli was launched four years ago and now employs a staff of nine.

It carries out research for clients, producing online videos, advertisements and short films, as well as creating material for press launches, product demonstrations and corporate events.

Melli also offers a full range of design and branding services.

Aga Naturalna, who lives in Corby and works for the company, said: “I thought I would have to move to London to find a workplace like this, but here was Melli, right on my doorstep.”

Another member of the team, Paul Davis, who also lives in Corby, said: “A couple of years ago I could never have imagined that I’d be where I am today, and it’s all thanks to Melli.”