A Brechin businesswoman has achieved a life long dream thanks to a business investment loan from Angus Council.
Lisa Spalding received the £30,000 East of Scotland Investment Fund loan from the authority to launch the Crazy Castle children’s play centre. She has also received expert business support and advice from the council’s economic development team.
The business will create three full time, five part time, and approximately nine weekend posts. It has also seen the transformation of unsightly former garage premises in the burgh into bright and attractive premises. The centre was officially opened by Development and Enterprise Convener Mairi Evans on June 3.
Councillor Evans said: “I am delighted to officially open the new Crazy Castle, and that the council was able to help bring this project to fruition. The council has made significant investment in the regeneration of Brechin in recent years, and this latest business venture is a further vote of confidence in the burgh.
“This is a fantastic asset to the area, and excellent example of how we can assist businesses start and grow with funding and specialist advice. I would encourage anyone with a business idea to follow Lisa’s example and contact us to find out how we can help.”
Lisa said: “We would like to thank the council for their support, advice and help along the way. We’re looking forward to the exciting times ahead.”
The council has a £90,000 fund available via the East Scotland Investment Fund, for business start-up and growth in the county.
Andrew Dickson, fund manager of the East of Scotland Investment Fund, added, “Accessing affordable new finance is a real challenge for many businesses so initiatives like this are important. Working with Angus Council we can help companies access investment of up to £30,000 which safeguards and creates jobs, opens new market opportunities and ensures that local economies benefit from successful businesses.”
For more information, call the economic development team on 01307 473358.