In the past three years, the County Council has awarded £1.34 million in grants to businesses across the county, leading to the creation of 104 new jobs and enabling start-up businesses in the county to invest in the facilities, equipment and skills that they need to grow.
Ten businesses that have received the Small Capital Grants from Warwickshire County Council’s Capital Growth Fund, are featured in a new short film: Helping Warwickshire Grow. Between them, they are expecting to create 48 new jobs and apprenticeships.
The film was created to celebrate and promote the role of high growth businesses to the economic success of the county. According to global innovation foundation NESTA, just 6% of high growth firms are responsible for 50% of employment growth.
The film was shown at a recent event at The Old Shire Hall, Warwick, organised by the County Council to promote Warwickshire as a fantastic place to do business to significant regional influencers. 69 people attended the event representing a wide selection of businesses from across the county, with key note speeches from Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority; and Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council says:
“We value Warwickshire’s SMEs, and the entrepreneurs who build them, very highly. We’ve worked with a number of fantastic entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom have gone on to build exceptional businesses. The companies featured in this short film are exactly the kind of businesses we need to support, as they continue to develop, and contribute to, the continued vibrancy of Warwickshire’s economy.”
To find out more about the ten businesses featured in the film, take a look at their stories in these short films:
Silson, Southam, supplies ultra-thin membranes and related lithographic products to corporations, universities and government research laboratories throughout the world: https://youtu.be/y2HB-9EvrHk
Pet Shop Bowl, Stratford upon Avon, www.petshop.co.uk provides pet foods and pet supplies from their online pet store. https://youtu.be/L5p3g2b7zYE
Labyrinth Logistics, Leamington Spa, offers services in outsourcing, strategic and operational improvement consultancy and in compliance and audit: https://youtu.be/WtP_PGFpAkY
Hill Farm Marina, Wootton Wawen, is a new marina opened in October 2017, providing 50 berths in a rural setting on a working beef and sheep farm: https://youtu.be/fLa7rH_6sN0
Lime Farm Marina, Rugby, provides marina and maintenance facilities ranging from engineering services through to bespoke carpentry: https://youtu.be/AmblGLulEbA
Hygiene Solutions, Nuneaton, is a specialist washroom service provider that has grown to become one of the largest in the central and east areas of the UK; https://youtu.be/Rp01mUDlreA
Optical People, Nuneaton, is an innovative opticians and frame studio offering tailor-made eye exams and lenses made with the latest digital technology: https://youtu.be/a16E9IDr3wg
Mousley House Farm Campsite, Rowington, is a family and dog-friendly campsite for touring caravans, motor homes and tents offering bell tent and retro caravan hire: https://youtu.be/xObD-KtLlJw
Pyments Law, Alcester, is a construction law firm offering dispute advice and transactional services, covering all construction legal requirements: https://youtu.be/9YF_lYTLFAA
NEJ Stevenson, Rugby, design and make fine custom made furniture and bespoke architectural joinery, with each commission completely unique: https://youtu.be/yPMXUHR0jfM