A £10,000 grant from the Rural Growth Hub has allowed to local company to expand and take on more staff.
Clarke Oil of Studley has seen turnover grow steadily in just eight years and the grant provided crucial support to help it expand further, move into news premises and take on extra staff.
“Ours was quite an unusual case because the grant is designed to help businesses in the manufacturing, engineering and low carbon sectors but it was decided we should get it because we support these industries and help them grow too,” said Emily Clarke, who with her husband Paul, launched the company.
Clarke Oil, based at the Allelys Heavy Haulage depot on The Slough, supplies quality branded oil and greases and all kinds of lubricants from five litres to 1,000 litres to industry, effectively keeping the wheels turning in businesses up and down the country, including at Redditch borough council.
“We had got to the stage where we were comfortable but it was all about taking it up to the next level and how to achieve that,” said Emily.
The husband and wife approached the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub to see if any support was available to expand.
“It’s all about creating jobs and the support we received funded 40 per cent of our growth plan and we have now come out the other end, recruited more staff and have moved into larger premises,” she added.
“But the support we received was much more than a cash injection, we received an awful lot of advice, made some very valuable contacts and learnt all about developing our website, and that support is still ongoing.”