Local visitor attraction benefits from micro business grants

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Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens has received two grants through East Lindsey District Council’s Micro Business Grant. Owners, Mike and Rebecca Agate, purchased the mill in 2013 and have used the funding to help deliver the next stage of the growth of the business.

Mike and Rebecca first applied for a grant in January 2017 to boost their marketing activity for the coming season; purchasing advertising space in local publications and printing and distributing promotional leaflets.

In 2018 a second application was approved to purchase a pizza oven and cinema equipment. This has allowed Claythorpe to begin offering outdoor cinema and pizza nights, which have proved a big hit this summer.

Speaking about the impact the grants have had, Mike Agate, said: “The redevelopment of Claythorpe is a major, long-term project which we hope will make a real difference to the growth of tourism in the area, as well as providing some brilliant new things to do for people who live nearby.

“The micro business grant has given a big boost to local awareness of what we’re looking to achieve, and has kick-started two really exciting new elements of the business.

“Our movie nights have had an amazing response so far and we’re now planning the next season of screenings. And our pop-up pizza evenings have served authentic, homemade, wood-fired pizzas to hundreds of new visitors this summer.

“Without the grant help, we would have had to wait until at least next year to launch these projects, but with the extra grant boost they’ve been viable from year one. That makes a huge difference, both financially and in terms of how quickly we can deliver our new ideas for our visitors – it’s a really exciting time!”

Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens is one of the District’s most well-loved visitor attractions and I’m pleased we’ve been able to support them through our Micro Business Grant.

“The company has a clear direction for their future growth and the activities undertaken have clearly had a positive impact on the business as it looks to move forward.”