Grants aid small businesses

Jessica Pillow

Jessica Pillow

First published in Business

MORE businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire have scooped grants to help them grow – thanks to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Rural Growth Network.

To date, 66 Specialist Business Advice grants of between £500 and £1,500 have been awarded.

One of the grant recipients is Jessica Pillow, whose rapidly-growing accountancy firm Pillow May needed help to enhance its online presence.

Mrs Pillow said: “Like many small businesses which are growing quickly, we knew we needed to develop a stronger online marketing strategy, but we didn’t have time or the skills in-house and we couldn’t afford to bring in top quality expert help.”

Mrs Pillow, who launched the business in 2009 determined to demonstrate how women can balance their careers with their family life, said: “The £1,500 SBA grant was perfect.

“We were able to commission specialists to help us focus on our online presence, re-designing our website, blog and social media, raising our profile and ensuring we could be found by potential clients.

“The results have been excellent and business is booming as a result. I think this sort of support for small businesses is brilliant and we were delighted to receive the grant.”

Chris Simpson from Wiltshire Business Support Service, which is managing the SBA grant on behalf of The Enterprise Network, said: "The TEN Specialist Business Advice grant has proved the perfect way to help small businesses bring forward that small, but vital, project that they might have been putting off."

For more information on how to apply for a grant visit www.theenterprise

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