Council awards Stevenage Business Grants

17 Apr 2020

Stevenage Borough Council has chosen a 3D High precision printing company, Freeform Fabrication Ltd, as the winner of its £2,500 Stevenage Business Grant.

The company was started by Ms Efrat Sharon in 2003 and supplies high precision 3D scanners, 3D printers, laser welders, etching and engraving machines and services to jewellers, designers and manufacturers.

Freeform Fabrication has been based in Stevenage for the last two years has three employees. The funding will enable the purchase of a 3D scanner to support product development, quality control and restoration, saving time, as well as giving very accurate representation of scanned objects.

Runner-up in the business grant awards was KroniKare Limited who specialise in AI-driven technology for chronic-wound care and management, KroniKare was awarded £1,500 to support the future growth plans of the business. The company uses thermal imaging and machine-learning algorithms running on an ordinary smartphone to reduce the time taken by trained nurses to assess chronic wounds, from 30 minutes to merely 30 seconds.
 
Other finalists were Westend Wi-Fi, which supplies boutique business Wi-Fi and multi gigabit broadband, and Totem Sustainability Ltd, who provide sustainability and environmental consulting services. Both were awarded grants of £1,000.

The Business Development Grants aim to support local small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. Funding can be used to introduce new products and services or support marketing & advertising.

Businesses were encouraged to compete for the grants and successful applicants were invited to the council’s headquarters to produce a pitch to a panel on how the money would be spent. The grants were awarded remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
 
COVID-19: support for businesses

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has set out a package of measures to support businesses through this period of disruption. Around 750 businesses in the district are eligible to apply for a grant of up £10,000 to help them through current financial difficulties and a further 180 are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £25,000. Find out what support is available for your business.