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Meet our Kick Start Small Business Grant Winners



We are pleased to announce the ten new start-ups chosen for the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire’s Kick Start Small Business Grants:


4 Your Pets - Claire Smith

Wine Chateau Ltd - Constantin Paunoiu

Harpole Collage - Hayley Cushing

Haus of HR - Rachel Collar

Carpathia Operational Consultants - Mike Caughey

Higham Refill - Laura Curling

Ena HR & Training - Kate Coulson

Samantha Sage Studios - Samantha Sage

PJ Garden Maintenance - Pieter Johnson

Village Green Blossoms - Lucy Broster


Businesses range from HR consultancy services, an eco-friendly bespoke florist, garden maintenance and supplier of Moldovan wines.


The new businesses will each receive:

  • a £2,000 grant for business expenses

  • a year’s free membership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

  • ongoing support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team


Patricia Greaves, Senior Information Manager at the BIPC Northamptonshire, said:

“We were so impressed by the quality of businesses that pitched. They really showed that they had taken on board the webinars and events attended as part of the eligibility criteria. It was great to see the range of businesses that applied, and that the current economic climate hasn’t deterred would-be entrepreneurs. We want to thank our Dragons – Asy Ho (NatWest), Ruth Roan (Building Business Consultancy) and Sally Wood (Sally Wood Consultancy Limited and FSB) – who offered positive and constructive feedback to the applicants. We are looking forward to working with the successful businesses as they grow.”

The Small Business Grants formed an additional part of the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire’s Kick Start Programme, also containing FREE workshops and webinars which provide practical, jargon-free training and advice dedicated to supporting start-ups and SMEs.

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