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Paw-some new business gets council grant

Sally Carter was barking up the right tree when she applied for a Business Incentive Grant from Test Valley Borough Council.

After launching her new dog walking and sitting service, Dog Tails, Sally was able to claim the £750 grant from the council to help launch her business in Andover.

Sally said: “I’m thrilled to launch Dog Tails. I love dogs and really enjoy going out for long walks and exploring the local area. I was really pleased to learn about the grant available from Test Valley Borough Council.

“Starting a new business is an expensive venture, but this £750 grant has provided a great boost.”

Mid Test ward councillor Ian Jeffrey presented the grant to Sally. He said: “Business Incentive Grants are perfect for businesses like Sally’s. I am very pleased that we have another business opening in Andover, and that the council can help.”

The council’s Business Incentive Grants are available to anyone looking to set up their own business in Test Valley. Anyone who successfully applies for the grant will receive £750 if their business is still going strong six months later.

These funds have become available to the community as a consequence of the council’s prudent investments, financial management and the use of the New Homes Bonus.