Flair School of Dance is a performing arts school which opened in 2002. Over the years they have worked hard to deliver a professional service to the families who come to them for their children’s lessons. At the start of 2019 they were fortunate enough acquire their own premises and expand the provision of classes that they offer on a weekly basis. Having started out with just 2 classes a week they now run well over 100 across a broad range of styles.
EC Group provide fulfilment, handling and delivery solutions. They needed to install a pallet racking system to develop their new warehouse extension.
The unit was required to create additional storage and handling capacity to better service existing and new customers.
The whole project was calculated to cost £35,000 so the £10,000 grant support was invaluable!
In financial terms, we expect the capacity created to enable us to generate a minimum of £250k per annum. In addition, it will create between 2 – 10 new full-time employee positions!
My initial reaction to the email was rather reserved – I expected an extremely onerous process and a massively complex qualification procedure – but in fact the whole thing was completely painless!
Managing Director, E. Christian & Company Ltd
Hoppily Ltd are an Essex-based monthly subscription service bringing the finest craft beers from local independent brewers to discerning beer-lovers. Over time, as reviews are evaluated, customers receive beers increasingly tailored to their own individual tastes. This is the magic of the Beer Algorithm!
Hoppily applied for SEBB funding to acquire the materials they needed to launch their service at local events. These materials included a gazebo, new product boxes for monthly subscribers and beer mats to help with advertising.
They plan to attend many events going forward so the gazebo will be working hard for the business during 2018 and beyond!
We illustrated the business case for the grant, filled out some forms and were quickly able to fund the materials we needed to launch our craft beer subscription service at local events.
I wish we’d asked for more money, I think we would have got it!
Co-Founder, Hoppily Ltd
1 Env Solutions Ltd. are a growing business from Southend. With two machines running full time they were struggling to meet demand and were desperate for a new machine to produce mouse and rat control boxes.
Easy grant application process
The grant application process was incredibly easy.
Put a few figures in, sign a few pages, provide some company history and the relevant documents and a few weeks later there’s the promised £10,000!
The new machine has eased the pressure and created two more jobs. We are now turning out a million mouse boxes, sending them to Europe and beyond.
Local support from SEBB was very important because it helped balance the books.
The £10,000 Grant made such a difference because we’re a growing business. The money was promised and arrived straight after we’d supplied the evidence. Easy!
Accounts Manager, 1 Env Solutions Ltd.
Becca and her partner, Ali, are passionate about great coffee and were experienced commuters. They saw a gap in the market to provide the best quality speciality coffee for people on their way to work in London.
After success with their Chelmsford coffee cart, the pair wanted to expand into Colchester. That’s when they found the SEBB website and applied for a grant.
But it was the day before the monthly grant review deadline!
Fortunately they need not have worried. Ali and Becca found the process so easy they completed and submitted their paperwork by 12 noon on deadline day.
Their submission was approved and they received £2,482.48 – 30% of the £8,274 it cost to buy the equipment that creates a luxurious black oak and brass barista experience. They’ve now taken on 2 members of staff too!
The grant process was very straightforward, we got our quotations and submitted our application for review.
It was so helpful to us as a start up because it is a big sum of money that was easy to acquire and gave us an almost immediate cash injection.
The ethos of help for the local economy also matched our own business ethics.
Co-founder, Roo’s Coffee Cart
Founded nearly 30 years ago, CCE Group Limited is an Essex based business that designs, fabricates and installs bespoke commercial kitchens and bars for the hospitality industry.
They wanted to purchase 2 faster, more reliable press brake machines – used for bending sheet metal.
Each machine costs over £30k so CCE Group applied for and received the full £10,000 of funding.
The new machines will offer more versatility and will greatly increase production, therefore growing the business and providing the opportunity to create 1 to 2 new employment positions.
If you haven’t applied before, it looks complicated but once we read the helpful instructions on how to complete the forms, it was quite straightforward. We asked for the full £10k and the money arrived within 2-3 weeks of gaining approval.
Group Purchasing Manager, CCE Group Ltd