Richmond designer restarts business thanks to council grant

A Richmond graphic designer has restarted his business thanks to a district council grant.

Neil McNally has received £1000 from the small business grant scheme to help market the new business, which he relaunched 12 months ago after a six-year gap.

During that time he learned new skills so that the new Neil NcNally Graphics can offer a full in house service – and with the help of a marketing consultancy he hopes to boost the business enough to bring in an apprentice.

“As a designer I am a visual person, but I am absolutely hopeless at making connections and telling the world about my business,” he said.

“So I am using the grant to spread the word about my business through a marketing plan.

“Initially projects were sparse and I was slightly apprehensive as to whether the approach was going to be effective. But slowly and surely I am beginning to see the rewards from the small and big changes I’ve made in how and where I promote my business.

“I have grown in confidence as well as in the most important area – sales!”

The grant scheme offers up to £1,000 to small businesses under 36 months old to help start and grow.

The fund can be used towards the purchase of equipment, marketing costs and adaptation to premises.

For further details on how to apply go to www.richmondshire.gov.uk/business-funding