Grants to help Rugby businesses 'boom' - The Rugby Observer

Grants to help Rugby businesses 'boom'

Rugby Editorial 15th May, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A COUNTER-terrorism device is being made in Rugby with help from business-growth funding from Warwickshire County Council (WCC).

Precision engineering firm Lenoch, based in Somers Road, is developing a 1.5metre explosion-proof box into which suspected bombs can be placed and detonated.

The company has received £35,000 to construct a containment building to help with its manufacture.

The product will be ready for use much sooner than it would have been without the funding boost.

Lenoch managing director John Rushbrooke said: “The device is something we have developed ourselves.

“It can be used in any busy, crowded area which is a potential target for terrorism – airports, railway stations and sports stadia, for example.

“We are now at the stage of getting it to market and the grant will also help with that.

“It has enabled us to move the project forward a lot more quickly than we otherwise could have.”

Lenoch is among 21 firms across the county to benefit from a WCC funding pot of £437,736.

Another is canal boat and repair company Lime Farm Services, based at Cathiron just outside Rugby, for whom the grant has proved ‘pivotal’ to their expansion.

Lime Farm Services’ new dock will enable the company to operate more quickly and efficiently.

The award of £16,800 for a new dock will enable the company to operate much more quickly and at a fraction of the cost and inconvenience.

Co-owner John Brady said: “The new dock, though not yet entirely completed, allows us to use our own boat hoist and means we don’t have to bring in a mobile crane which is both expensive and unreliable.

“It often takes a crane a week to arrive, then we use it for a week, then it takes another week for it to be taken away. Removing those delays is a huge help.

“The grant means we will have been able to complete the project 18 months ahead of schedule. That means that other things can also be brought forward so it has been great for us.”

The grant funding is designed to help businesses diversify or modernise their operations, leading to increased turnover and job creation or protection. The grant can be up to 40 per cent of a project’s total cost.

The grants, worth £5,000 to £35,000, have been awarded to a spread of small businesses for capital assets such as buildings, plant, machinery and equipment.

Coun Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council and board member of the Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The innovation, enterprise and sheer hard work which underpins so many small businesses in Warwickshire never cease to amaze me.

“We should be very proud of the many thriving small businesses like Lenoch and Lime Farm Services and the county council will continue to do all it can to help them.

“This funding – part of a £3million package of support approved by Warwickshire County Council – is enabling more small businesses to flourish, creating jobs and increasing productivity in the county.”

For more information and to check the eligibility of a project, visit or contact Warwickshire County Council’s Economy and Skills Group on 01926 412709.

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