Council crowns Business Support Grant winner

04 Mar 2016

Stevenage Borough Council has named Daymedia as the winner of its £2,500 Business Support Grant.

Daymedia, a digital agency that makes bespoke websites and mobile applications for a variety of businesses, will use the top prize of £2,500 to invest in staff training that will enable them to bid on bigger projects, attract large, new clients and create further job opportunities for graduates in Stevenage.

Dinky & Dandy, which offers a wide range of niche and quirky toys as well as interior products for both children and adults, was awarded second prize of £1,500 to help furnish and attract shoppers to its new store opening in Stevenage Old Town later this month. Third-placed WallJAM took home £800 to help the company exhibit their interactive sports rebound wall across the UK after it received national recognition on BT Sports’ Football Tonight programme.

Start-up or established businesses with no more than 10 staff in Stevenage were encouraged to compete for the grant and successful applicants were invited to the council’s headquarters to produce a pitch to a three-person panel on how the money would be spent.

Councillor Ralph Raynor, Executive Member for Economy, Enterprise and Transport, said: “Thank you to everyone who applied for our Business Support Grant and congratulations to Daymedia for claiming the top prize. We were particularly impressed with their pitch and plans for the future which coincides with our regeneration plans of the town. This scheme has been an exciting way for new and established businesses in Stevenage to develop further and I look forward to seeing how all three progress in the future.”

Chris Day, Managing Director of Daymedia, said: “The pitch was a great experience for me, and it was very pleasing to be selected from what must have been a large number of applicants. These funds will make a big difference in helping our business step up to the next level and advance our ambitious plans for growth. I believe it is an exciting time to own a Stevenage-based business right now, with the redevelopment work on the horizon. I hope we can help boost the local economy in years to come and make a real impact in the digital agency marketplace.”