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Grant joy for gym

South Holland District Councils business broker Charlie Williams (left) at Spalding and District Gymnastics Club with its head coach Alec Harding.

South Holland District Councils business broker Charlie Williams (left) at Spalding and District Gymnastics Club with its head coach Alec Harding.

News from South Holland District Council’s economic development team

One of the first SMEs in South Holland to benefit from Grants4Growth is the popular Spalding and District Gymnastics Club.

Its base in Cradge Bank is a pair of large conjoined warehouse units, with the associated high heating demand and costs.

The club identified the cost and environmental advantages of having the walls thermally insulated with dry lining board.

And via the Grants4Growth programme it successfully applied for the maximum 28 per cent capital grant support - £3,812 of the £13,614 project cost. The application was made in October last year and the work has already been completed by local contractor Whatford Developments Ltd.

The club’s heating bill in 2012 was around £18,500 and it’s estimated that the investment will result in a 40 per cent saving.

Head coach Alec Harding is delighted both with the award of grant funding and the obvious effect of the insulation.

He said: “It’s been really noticeable. It stays warmer in here for longer so we’ve already seen a reduction in our heating requirements and it’s a more comfortable environment for users of the facilities.

“The Grants4Growth funding was a huge help to us and we were pleased to be able to give the work to a Spalding contractor too.”

The project was a perfect fit with the aims of Grants4Growth since it not only brought about a cost base reduction for the business but reduced the environmental impact of its operation.

 

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