Kirkby in Ashfield’s County Battery Services is a family-run business, established in 1974, with over 40 years’ experience and expertise in servicing customer requirements within the battery industry.
The grant helped County Battery to purchase a new telephone system to fully integrate with the company’s existing Customer Relationship Management system. The investment has led to a more efficient and effective level of communication which provides an all round better customer experience.
County Battery’s Richard Fuller said: “The grant application process benefitted the business because of the planning and preparation needed to access the grant. This allowed us to gain a better of understanding of exactly what we wanted from our telephone system.”
No37 Home of Beauty & Aesthetics is a premium salon which focusses on exceptional customer experience. Providing all beauty services as well as having highly experienced nurses to provide aesthetic treatments, Joanna and Sharon understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance.
The grant the salon received helped them invest in new signage for the front of the property, specialist aesthetic equipment and stylish furniture for the reception area.
Joanna Spree, the business’ co-owner, said: “The grant has been invaluable to us as we wanted to work with premium brands and offer specialist facials from global skincare brand Environ, where we needed to invest heavily in their equipment to deliver this.
Sunny Accountants, a Sutton in Ashfield business has also seen the benefits of the grant scheme.
Managing Director Karl Watts, who holds Chartered status in both accountancy and tax, saw an opportunity to relocate his business to the area.
Karl said: “The building we purchased was the perfect size and stands prominently adjacent to the main road. When moving, it was clear that a lot of money was required internally and externally to bring it up to standard, the grant we received contributed to this essential work.
“In applying for the grant we were held to be more accountable than if we had done the work solely for our own benefit.”
Less than a year since opening Spelt and Rye, an Artisan Bakery and Delicatessen on Annesley Road in Hucknall, Philip Roadley explained that their team has already doubled in size from two to four and they now supply bread to a host of local restaurants and shops. He said that the support he has received from the community since opening has been ‘overwhelming’.
Philip explained: “I live in Hucknall so it made sense to open the shop here but also and more importantly Hucknall has a real community atmosphere that you might not find in a larger town or city. There was no one selling the types of bread that I produce in Hucknall, so there was no competition; unlike if I had started my business in a city”.
Financially, the grant has been a fantastic help to Philip’s bakery, helping him to purchase some of the equipment he needed, helping with his cash flow too.
“Invest Ashfield & Mansfield provides the grant service so that people can seek not only financial support but also valuable help and advice”.