A Norfolk protective coatings company has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Small Grant Scheme to invest in new equipment and win, retain and sustain more projects in-house.
HJC Protective Coatings Ltd are a highly qualified specialist protective coatings business for the engineering, marine; and oil and gas sectors. Their services include the application of protective coatings to guard against corrosion in extreme environments such as, high and low temperatures and marine and subsea conditions.
The business was incorporated in early 2012 and has enjoyed steady growth year on year. They currently employ four at their site in Watton but with rising demand, further recruitment is expected this year.
The company has finished construction and installation of a new blasting facility which will allow them to complete the necessary metal surface preparation work.
Alan Powell, Business and Quality Manager said: “The new blasting unit means we can meet rising demand, increase productivity, and ensure high quality for our clients under our ISO 9001 Quality Management System. It will improve our business sustainability and credibility which we hope will attract new clients.”
“Our adviser at the New Anglia Growth Hub has been really helpful and supportive, as has our Business Improvement Adviser Patricia Powell of WLP who told us about the grant and provides ongoing support for our growth plans. The application process was smooth and has made a big difference in helping us finance the equipment needed.”
The Small Grant Scheme from the European Regional Development Fund can provide grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 to help businesses expand, become more profitable or introduce new goods or services.
Find out more about the Small Grant Scheme. Call 0300 333 6536 or email email@example.com
Interview with Alan Powell, from HJC Protective Coatings Ltd about how a grant helped his business grow and win new clients: