17 June 2009
A successful photographic printing firm based in Oakdale has become one of the first businesses in the area to benefit from a new grant scheme.
Outlook Images has received a Local Investment Fund grant from Caerphilly county borough council to purchase new equipment that will help give their business a boost.
Outlook Images was established just over 2 years ago, initially operating from a council-owned business unit in New Tredegar. They soon outgrew that site and moved to a larger unit on Oakdale Business Park.
The firm currently employs 11 people and produces large format and promotional items including canvas prints, poster prints, photo gifts, outdoor banners, business stationery and printed advertising material.
The business has used the grant towards the costs of purchasing an electronic guillotine, which will greatly improve the efficiency of the business.
David Hopkins from Outlook Images said, "This funding has been a big help and the new equipment will allow us to provide an improved service to our growing customer base. The council has been very supportive over the past few years and it is encouraging to see they are assisting local businesses and encouraging them to grow. The future looks bright for Outlook Images and we hope to enjoy even more success at our new Oakdale base."
Caerphilly, along with five other local authorities in south east Wales, has been awarded Convergence Funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide this grant assistance to businesses within the area.
The business must be a SME (under 250 employees) in the manufacturing, service to manufacturing, business-to-business service sector (minimum 75% business to business) or tourism. In certain circumstances other businesses may qualify so please if in any doubt please contact us to discuss although businesses in the retail sector and those providing a local service are excluded.
The Local Investment Fund (LIF) can provide up to 35% of eligible expenditure up to a maximum of £5000 (minimum grant £1000).
Please contact 01443 866222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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