A TEESSIDE scaffolding company is expanding its workforce and buying new equipment after securing a funding package.

Total Access Scaffolding, which is based in Portrack, Stockton, is set to hire three apprentice scaffolders and invest in extra material and truck bodies to enable its vehicles to be used during projects, and new office equipment after receiving a grant of £28,500.

The funding will also enable the company to outsource marketing and HR.

Operations Manager Matthew Blakemore said: “By creating a bigger workforce and investing in this equipment and services, we’ll be able to tender for more lucrative contracts and operate on a larger scale."

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After submitting their initial application for the TVCA Growth Grant, the team decided to seek help from Middlesbrough-based funding consultancy company, Nudl.

Matthew said: “We knew that we needed a specialist to help make the application coherent, articulate how the proposed project would help us grow, and ultimately lead to a successful bid."

Shak Asghar, CEO of Nudl, said: “The funding process can be tricky to navigate, and many of our clients come to us after starting it themselves but running into issues.

“We’re here to simplify the process and make it easier for businesses to access grants that can help them grow because many business owners don’t have time to be going backwards and forwards answering queries on an application.”

The grant was accessed through the Tees Valley Growth hub at TVCA and it is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

 

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