Local business thriving due to District Council’s Business Growth and Resilience Programme

Posted on: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Newark and Sherwood's local businesses are benefiting from a £300,000 Business Growth and Resilience Programme set up in July 2021. 

Funded by Newark and Sherwood District Council, the free programme links business service specialists with local businesses across four key sectors in the district: Retail, Food and Drink; Manufacturing & Construction; Health & Social Care; Visitor Accommodation. 

The 12-16 week courses provide businesses with valuable support and guidance from the industry experts through a series of tailored workshops, 1-2-1 mentoring sessions, business model reviews, marketing strategy reviews and other training and coaching opportunities. 

Businesses completing the courses are also eligible to apply for business development grants of up to £5,000 to help support them with their growth and development plans.

Newark Copper Cylinders Company Ltd., a long-established business in Newark providing jobs to local people for 44 years, is just one of the businesses benefiting from the Business Growth and Resilience Programme. 

After completing 16 weeks of the Manufacturing and Construction programme with Business Doctors, they have been informed they are the receipt of a £5,000 discretionary grant which they will use, along with their own investments, to exploit new markets for green technology by focusing on components for new heating systems. 

Further to attending the programme, 12 Jobs are expected to be safeguarded and three new jobs created. 

Mike Wilson, Office Manager at Newark Copper Cylinder Ltd. said: “Newark Copper Cylinders were recently offered the opportunity to join the Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Business Resilience and Growth Programme. We gladly accepted welcoming the guidance and support the Programme offered.

“A wise decision for each of the eight workshops provided insight and advice in to ways in which our Company and its potential for growth and development could benefit. Some of these have already been implemented to advantage. Well worth it!”

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "Newark Copper Cylinder Company Ltd. is a family run business passed down from father to son on Brunel Drive, Newark. Everyone cares so passionately about what they do, and I was delighted to see the workshop in action. The grant provided to them has enabled them to purchase a new roller which I saw in action, allowing them to reduce the time taken to make cylinders meaning they can continue to compete with others on the market. 

"I am delighted that the Business Growth and Resilience Programme has been able to help many local firms with skills and knowledge business development while providing grants to help them grow and remain competitive."

The Business Growth and Resilience Programme launched as part of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s economic growth strategy. Spaces are still available for courses scheduled in 2022. For more information or to express an interest in joining the programme, please see https://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/bgrprogramme/