Four Businesses Receive New LAG Funding

Richard Hand Haulage premises at Porthmellon

The Local Action Group has awarded cash to another four businesses.

And the latest awards have highlighted the challenges that three of the businesses have had finding appropriate workspace on the islands.

St Martin’s jewellery maker and silversmith, Fay Page, was offered £10,269 to transform her   workspace into an ‘Open Gallery’, for display, retail and production.

Amanda Pender from LAG says Fay Page’s application really stood out.

She says Fay had put a huge amount of thought into the application and had a very clear vision of how she wanted to portray her products. That included using local skills and resources.

She’ll use many recycled materials and the grant will enable Fay to diversify into gold.

Bryher Boatyard owner, Richard Drew, received £14,500 towards a new chandlery and office space. That addition will create one full time seasonal job opportunity and safeguard four existing roles. It will also improve marine facilities for locals and visiting yachtsman.

St Mary’s haulier Richard Hand has been offered cash to develop a 10x10metre unit. It’ll mean he can undertake work undercover during winter. There’ll be office space and facilities for staff members.

Local builder Wright Construction was granted £15,000 towards the purchase of a cherry picker, a hydraulic platform that can be utilised for jobs that need to be completed at height.

 

The business currently has to use scaffolding, which adds to cost, time and bureaucracy involved and that gets passed on to customers so the cherry picker will make a huge difference to projects.

Amanda says many businesses realise that LAG funding can help them grow. And that’s not just funding individual businesses but also broader, multi-applicant schemes, which create jobs in the long term.

She added that workspace improvements are a priority and seem to be very much in demand.

The LAG has been set up to distribute £2m of European funding to business and community groups on the islands.