Big boost for local businesses

Eight small local businesses have received a cash boost, thanks to the council's Small Grants Scheme.

Small business grants

 In March and April, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council encouraged small businesses in the borough to apply for a business grant of up to £1,000 and on Wednesday (27 March) the successful applicants received their grants.


The following businesses celebrated their success:


· CMX Runway - awarded £1,000

· Superstar Communicator - awarded £750

· Ubere Mama - awarded £1,000

· Scale Up Strategist Ltd - awarded £1,000

· Itoma Ltd - awarded £1,000

· AVS VAT Consultancy Ltd - awarded £1,000

· Pulse Social Ltd - awarded £1,000

· Martelo & Mo - awarded £500


Nick Long, Corporate Director at WHBC, said:

Small businesses are vital to a thriving economy, and we are always happy to help and support local businesses to grow and develop their services.

I was hugely impressed by the high standards of entrants to the awards, and I wish all of the businesses every success.


Marlon Commock, from Pulse Social, said:

This is the best feeling ever for Pulse Social to have won the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council grant. This grant will enhance the excellent work we are currently achieving in the community - supporting children to become more active and growing sports participation in the area


Susan Heaton-Wright, from Superstar Communicator, said:

I am hugely honoured to have been awarded a grant which will test a market. The grant will enable me to run a number of digital marketing campaigns over a period of 3 months and then to analyse the results, before investing more money. As I have self-funded my business until now, this grant will make a genuine difference: I will be able to make an informed decision as to whether it is worthwhile pursuing this market or not. Thank you very much Welwyn Hatfield for supporting my business in this way.


Monika Equi, from Merelo & Mo, said:

We are really grateful for this opportunity and support. The Welwyn Hatfield grant will allow us to receive relevant training in our company's accounting operations.


Jon Kandiah, from Scale Up Strategist, said:

Over the last nine months we have been able to prove our business model and are now planning on scaling-up. This is an exciting time for us and the Small Business Grant will help us to invest more in marketing and lead generation.


Nate Johnson, from CMX Runway, said:

The grant will be used towards launch costs at the University of Hertfordshire this summer, with the aim of bringing a touch of fashion week to the region. The grant will enable us to put on an amazing launch event and turn our cool idea into a profit generating business.

Sarah-Jane Hingorani, from Ubere Mama, said:

This grant has enabled me to have the opportunity to develop my website further. In the first year of trading I now have the added budget to make a promotional video. I feel like I can now speak directly with customers, transforming what was a static platform to something I hope is more engaging and far reaching for my sales across that abyss of internet!


Melanie Lord, from AVS VAT, said:

AVS VAT has been actively growing over the last five years and invested in a whole raft of new systems and processes.  Having our grant has come at a perfect time as we were facing a significant but essential cost of needing new computer equipment.  Having this funding will leapfrog us forward in our next growth phase when we will take on another employee.  Exciting times - and really great to have council support.