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Two new businesses are up and running with help from Mansfield District Council.

The Balloon Printing Company at Bleak Hills Way and The Shabby Hut in Regent Street are getting down to business after taking out new leases with the Council on premises within the District.

The Balloon Printing Company, run by Colin Holmes, operates from the Bleak Hill Way industrial units on the popular Hermitage Lane Industrial Estate. Colin took advantage of the Council's cash incentive scheme, which offers £1,000 cashback to businesses taking on new leases at any of the Council's vacant retail, office and industrial properties.

The company supplies custom printed balloons for all occasions including birthdays, weddings, christenings, advertising and business purposes, using a unique process that enables photographs to be converted into a one colour print for a balloon.

Colin said: "The £1,000 offered by Mansfield District Council to take up these premises was a big incentive. The costs of starting or moving a business can be very high, so the money was extremely useful. I have a lot of the confidence in the Council as a landlord. They were very helpful from the outset.

"I was looking for bigger premises for my business, as I'd purchased a second, much larger printing machine. The machine was on its way from Italy and I didn't want to pay out a lot of money in storage costs. The Council was extremely helpful in speeding things up, so that I was able to move the new machine into the new premises within two days of the machine arriving. The business is now doing very well and is going from strength to strength."

Another business to benefit from the help of the Council is The Shabby Hut, a family run shop, which is already creating a stir after winning the 'Best of British' dressed window competition held by Mansfield BID to celebrate the diamond jubilee.

The shop is bursting with unusual ideas and unique gifts, including handmade cards, china, candles and a range of furniture. They also have an in house boutique 'Beau et Vieux', which offers a range of ladies vintage clothing, handbags, scarves and jewellery. They are proud of their use of local products and endeavour to recycle whenever possible.

Manager Louise Ashley said: "We chose to come to Mansfield, because of the amazing architecture in the town centre and the fact that there is a real opportunity here for independent shops. The Council was excellent. It only took ten days from our first meeting with them to get into the shop. The business is going really well, as people love the individuality and uniqueness of our products, which are locally sourced."

Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Councillor Kate Allsop said: "We work extremely hard to support new businesses in the District. I am thrilled to see these two new businesses thriving with the support of the Council. I would recommend any new businesses to get in touch with us and see what we can offer."

There are a number of commercial units available of varying sizes and in different locations across the District, offering flexible lease terms. For more information and to see all the Council's available property, visit invest.ashfield-mansfield.com or call 01623 463728.

Published 12 August 2012

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