£7,435 boost for small Welwyn Hatfield businesses

PUBLISHED: 15:12 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 10 July 2017

All smiles: Recipients of Welwyn Hatfield Council's grants for small businesses.

All smiles: Recipients of Welwyn Hatfield Council's grants for small businesses.


Eight small businesses in Welwyn Hatfield have been given a cash injection thanks to a series of grants.

Councillor Bernard Sarson presents a cheque to Russell Goldsmith.Councillor Bernard Sarson presents a cheque to Russell Goldsmith.

In March and April, Welwyn Hatfield Council encouraged small businesses in the borough to apply for a business grant of up to £1,000.

The following businesses made successful applications to the council and they were:

• Calamity Comics, Hatfield – awarded £1,000

Councillor Bernard Sarson presents a cheque to Eric Van Genderen.Councillor Bernard Sarson presents a cheque to Eric Van Genderen.

• Kinetic Cycles, WGC – awarded £1,000

• Hartland Promotions, WGC – awarded £1,000

• Chappell Solutions Ltd, Welwyn – awarded £1,000

• Hands On Day Care Centre, Welham Green – awarded £1,000

Councillr Bernard Sarson presents a cheque to Ann Chappell.Councillr Bernard Sarson presents a cheque to Ann Chappell.

• Audere Communications Ltd, WGC – awarded £984.50

• Cutting Garden Seeds, WGC– awarded £951.00

• The Dog’s With Me Ltd, WGC – awarded £500

Today, they were presented with their cheques at the council.

Calamity Comics is a chain of American comic book shops, with the Hatfield store opening in November 2016.

They have been in business since 1987 (starting out with a shop in Harrow) and have recently expanded into the world of gaming. They are now looking to expand to include art workshops to extend their community activities, and were awarded £1,000 to do so.

Owner of the Hatfield shop, Eric Van Genderen, said: “Naturally I was delighted to hear that we’d been awarded one of the grants.

“Investment in small businesses seems to be declining so this is a very positive statement from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.”

Chappell Solutions Ltd was awarded a grant of £1,000, and manufactures the ‘Laundreez’ travel accessory – available on Amazon here in the UK and over in the US.

The money will be used to fund marketing materials to boost sales.

Ann Chappell said: “I was shocked and delighted that the judges were enthusiastic about Laundreez and the business plan.

“I would like to thank Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council for the grant, and thank Herts Growth Hub for suggesting I apply for it.”

Audere Communications offers marketing strategy and implementation, and runs workshops for businesses looking to learn more about different areas within the world of communications.

The funds will be used to buy equipment for recording podcasts; to develop their podcast website; and to carry out social media marketing.

Russell Goldsmith said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be receiving this grant.

“It was a great feeling to know you have developed an offering that the local council wants to support.

“Winning a grant like this is further confirmation that you are on the right path to success and acknowledgment that you are hopefully doing something right!”

Judging the awards, Andrew Bennett, managing director of the Barley House Group and Chairman of The Welwyn Hatfield Business Forum, said: “It was an honour to judge the awards and I was hugely impressed by the high standards of the entrants.”

Councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, said: “We are always happy to help small businesses grow and expand their services, and each of these grants will go a long way towards facilitating new areas of their businesses.

“I wish them every success and hope this cash boost will propel their businesses onwards and upwards.”

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