left to right - Mike, Lisa and Rob raise a toast to success in 2007
THREE businesses based in the northern Dales are looking forward to a successful 2007, with vital equipment delivered in time to start the New Year with ambitious expansion plans.
In its continuing grants programme for local businesses, Richmondshire District Council has helped a sign maker; caterer and brewer set their sights on growth and increased profits over the next twelve months.
All were granted development funding from the Council at the end of last year, and used the money to purchase new tools and machinery to help achieve their business goals.
Mike Rogers set up Prestige Signs from his home in Gilling West last year, and in response to customer enquiries used his £1500 grant to purchase the specialist equipment required to produce customised t-shirts, corporate work-wear and has started recreating photographic images on a range of items including mugs, badges and jigsaws.
In Askrigg, Yorkshire Dales Brewing Co. has used the grant to take delivery of a new brewing plant to cope with increased demand which has seen sales quadruple over the past 12 months.
"Both locally and nationally, customer demand has been amazing for our 6 regular real ales plus the monthly specials", says owner Rob Wiltshire.
"Many of the country's finest real ale pubs are coming back for more of our beers, so much so that I can hardly keep up with the brewing, delivering and tasting. We now hope to sell Yorkshire Dales Brewery's Ales to a wider audience in 2007."
Both locally and nationally, customer demand has been amazing for our 6 regular real ales
Rob Wiltshire - Yorkshire Dales Brewery
Lisa Porter is using her £1,500 grant to convert her garage into a food preparation area. She started her catering business four years ago but has decided that 2007 is going to be the year to really make an impact.
"It's really taken off recently and now is the time to concentrate fully on making the business a success", says Mrs Porter, who now employs several members of part time staff.
"The grant and advice I have received from the Council has meant that I can get off to a great start."