Business expanding thanks to district council grant

Harrison Engineering's Andrew Harrison and Coun Leyland. EMN-150227-153820001

Harrison Engineering's Andrew Harrison and Coun Leyland. EMN-150227-153820001

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A £4,950 grant from East Lindsey District Council has allowed a South Willingham business to expand the services it offers.

Welding and fabrication business, Harrison Engineering was awarded the grant through the council’s Rural Development Fund, which helps local businesses create employment, expand the visitor economy and increase the availability of skills training.

Harrison Engineering offers a range of services from manufacture of motor trade brackets to repair of agricultural machinery. The money was used towards the purchase of a metal guillotine to be used for cutting large pieces of metal which were previously cut by hand.

This expansion has allowed the business to take on larger jobs and the increased work over the next 18 months will enable the business to take on an apprentice, who will be trained in all aspects of welding and fabrication.

Harrison Engineering Partner Andrew Harrison, pictured with ELDC’s Craig Leyland, said: “The grant has helped the business to purchase a vital piece of equipment which will increase productivity and the range of jobs we can take on.”

“As work increases over the next year we will be looking to take on an apprentice to train as a welder and fabricator. “

Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “This is a great example of how investment into our small and medium businesses can make a huge difference enabling them to expand and create new job opportunities and skills within the District.”

Since being established two years ago, the Rural Development Fund has supported 23 projects with more than £638,000 of funding as well as seeing six new businesses created, five festivals, 49 jobs created and numerous volunteering opportunities across the district.

The funding has also acted as a catalyst to attract nearly £800,000 of additional investment into the area.

*For more information on the Rural Development Fund which offers local businesses support through grants and interest-free loans visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/businessfunding or contact the Economy and Tourism team on 01507 613113.