Growth Hub helps Grantham nursery with expansion plans

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A family-run nursery is poised to provide additional places for local children, thanks to a helping hand from the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.

The Beacon Lane Day Nursery in Grantham takes children from three months to five years old, and currently has 55 places.

Now, thanks to support from Growth Hub Adviser Noreen Read, they have exciting plans for an additional 18-place nursery classroom with toilets, store and office.

Gillian Watson, managing director of the nursery, said: “During our second year, the nursery has become oversubscribed and, for the first time, we’ve had to turn families away.

“Unfortunately, as a ‘young’ business we weren’t able to finance a brick-built extension. We then went down the route of mobile classrooms, but that still seemed beyond our reach.

“It was at that point we approached the Growth Hub. Noreen immediately offered advice concerning where we might be able to purchase a bespoke prefabricated classroom at a reasonable price and good quality.

“She also came up with an extensive range of suggestions concerning things like early years training, business skills training, possible funding streams and how we might move forward on the potential acquisition of a wooded area.

“We’ve submitted our plans to South Kesteven District Council’s planning department, and are now looking at developing our huge garden into a ‘hands-on’ and ‘real-life’ outdoor classroom as well.

“None of this would have been possible without the support of Noreen and the Growth Hub.”

The nursery’s new classroom is to be provided by Avalon Cabins of Colsterworth. The firm, a family-owned business that specialises in producing bespoke classrooms, has also received support from the Growth Hub.

Mike Thackery, operations manager for Avalon Cabins, said: “Noreen’s provided a range of advice and information to help us in our mission to grow. She’s been in regular contact with us, providing information about Meet the Buyer events, training sessions and anything else that we might want to attend. She has also been tireless in networking on our behalf, mentioning us to other people and companies that we might be able to do business with or that we might be able to do some mutually beneficial deal. It’s required a minimal amount of our time to reap the benefits due to Nor’s hard work.

“I’d recommend Nor and the Growth Hub service to any small business or sole trader that wishes to grow further. It’s been a completely positive experience from day one, and we look forward to maintaining the contact for a very long time to come.”

Over the last year, the three Growth Hub Advisers have undertaken detailed reviews and created action plans for more than 250 Lincolnshire businesses. Overall, they have introduced almost 700 businesses to the support available via the Growth Hub through a combination of events, presentations and one-to-one discussion.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of our county economy.

“And this story underlines that the Growth Hub is making a real difference, helping our firms go from strength-to-strength.

“So why not get in touch and find out how we can help your business flourish.”

For more on the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub and the range of support available, visit www.businesslincolnshire.com