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Herne Bay business ‘The Studio’ snaps up new grant

Herne Bay business The Studio snaps up new grant

Herne Bay photography company The Studio is the first recipient of a grant from the city council under a new scheme to support the town’s independent businesses.

The company in Mortimer Street has been awarded £4,995 as part of the Herne Bay Grants Programme, which was set up to help local businesses enhance their services to customers and/or develop new or expand existing products.

Chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, said:

“The Studio is exactly the sort of business we want to see benefiting from this scheme. They demonstrated they have a plan for the future and want to improve the service they offer to customers. I’d encourage Herne Bay businesses in the project area to look into this scheme and see how it can help them, it could result in a grant that will transform the future of their company.”

It’s funded through Section 106 money paid to the council following the granting of planning permission for the out of town retail development at Altira. The aim is to help mitigate the impact on the town centre and to support businesses in adapting to and thriving in this newly competitive retail environment. Although Sainsbury’s have yet to occupy their new building, the Section 106 payment was made and the council has been keen to get on with ensuring the money starts to benefit businesses as quickly as possible.

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to businesses that meet various criteria. Crucially they must be located or seeking to locate within the defined project area of Herne Bay town centre, as set out by the developer of Altira.

The Studio is an existing company looking to expand and made a successful application for a grant for new equipment. This will allow them to take on more work in-house and will ultimately result in them employing more staff.

Owner of The Studio, Daniel Peters, said: “We applied for the grant with little expectations, but with the mountains of help we had on site, we were able to apply with ease and got approved very quickly too. Once we had the money we purchased a printer and cutting machine and within 48 hours of setting them up we processed five jobs that we normally would have turned down!

“Since receiving the money in early October we have made a huge saving on outsourcing and taken on many new jobs. This is set to continue, and it’s all thanks to the council and Growmybiz. If you are thinking (like we did!) that it’ll never happen for you, then give it a go!”

Three more Herne Bay businesses have decisions on grant applications pending.

For more information, write to Herne Bay Grants Programme, Business and Regeneration, Canterbury City Council, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YW, email info@canterbury.co.uk or visit the Grow My Biz website.

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