Two Spalding businesses are feeling the benefit of applying to a capital grants project delivered by South Holland District Council.
Welland Engineering received £25,000 towards the cost of roof insulation, and Simon Barker Plumbing and Heating got £6,000 help to buy two new vans.
Both firms said how simple the Grants4Growth application process was and recommended others to look into whether they too could benefit.
Welland Engineering was able to bring another warehouse into use at Welland Business Park in Clay Lake following the £156,000 Rockwool insulation work earlier this year.
Managing director Charlie Farrow said: “I’m happy with the grant.
“I heard about Grants4Growth by word of mouth. The council was helpful and everything was sorted within a couple of weeks.
“The work has created more space to manufacture in. It’s safeguarded the jobs of 18 people and we’re targeting creating another three jobs over the next three years.”
Plumbing and heating firm boss Simon Barker heard about Grants4Growth just as he was having to consider renewing two works van.
He said: “I approached the council about it and they helped me put the paperwork together.
“I put the application in and they came back with an offer of £3,000 towards each vehicle on the basis of them being more efficient.”
And a spin-off from the grant is that it has enabled the Magellan Way firm to take on a second apprentice, instead of the one it was planning.
Simon said: “I’m very pleased indeed and I’d recommend the scheme – it’s a good way of help.”
Antony Gough, Grants4Growth project manager, said: “We pride ourselves on offering a simple and straightforward process for businesses to receive the funding needed to grow, create jobs and create a more resource-efficient and sustainable future for themselves.
“With dedicated brokers on hand to guide companies every step of the way, it couldn’t be easier for local companies to receive their share of £1 million to develop their business.”