COMPANIES are receiving a helping hand to improve their profits.
Business support agency B Supplied has been brought in by the Coalfield Area Committee to help traders in Houghton, Hetton and Shiney Row increase turnover.
So far, 10 businesses have had help improving footfall.
Dave Scott, owner of Hetton Fruit and Veg, said it is just what his business needed.
“The support we’ve received from the council and Brian at B Supplied has been fantastic, I can’t thank them enough,” he said.
“We took over the business in December, and it has gone from strength to strength.
“We’ve received free advice and support, and made the most of the knowledge on offer to us.”
Dave’s business is continually expanding, and makes deliveries in Hetton and Easington Lane.
He also plans to improve employment figures by taking on more staff to increase the number of deliveries made.
Alongside the mentoring given, grants have also been awarded to companies.
“We had a grant to pay for a new sign after we renamed the shop, and signage for our new van – they both look great,” said Dave.
“I’d tell any business owner to jump at the chance to get involved; it is free support from people who know what they’re talking about.”
Brian Jackson, from B Supplied, has been working with the traders.
He said: “We’ve been delighted with the number of businesses who have come to ask for support, and are hoping to help more.
“We hope to see improvements in their competitiveness and effectiveness, whether it is in their own business or working together.”