Park tenants snap up thousands of pounds

White Cross award
White Cross award

A trio of businesses based at a Lancaster business centre have received cash suppport to fund their future growth plans.

Tenants at White Cross Business Park, off Church Road, were invited to apply for £10,000 of cash from the site’s owners.

Half of the funding pot was set aside for the idea which best captured a company’s growth and expansion aims.

And that £5,000 was secured by Compact Caddy Ltd to help it market its electric trolleys in the UK.

The company has already launched in Germany.

It is now further expanding its operation and targeting Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

MD Pablo Engl said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded first prize.

“As a direct result we were able to exhibit at the Golf Europe trade exhibition in Germany a year earlier than planned, and now have distributors in Austria, Germany, Holland and Sweden.”

A grant of £3,000 went to Shadowcat Systems Ltd.

It provides bespoke software development, management and integration and software consultation for developing intricate systems.

The remaining £2,000 went to Pure Luxuries.

The online retailer sells leather goods, jewellery, homewares and gifts.

White Cross Business Centre is owned and managed by Lancashire County Developments Limited, Lancashire County Council’s economic development department.

Niki Penney, chairman of Lancashire County Developments Limited, said: “The White Cross awards are part of our Property Management Plus initiative, to give businesses added benefits that will encourage business growth and innovation.

“We’re pleased to see that Compact Caddy has an ambitious plan to reach out to new markets, with the aim of doubling turnover in the next year and increasing its profits.”

In total, the company uses 12 suppliers who are all based within a 50-mile radius of Lancaster.

Ms Penney, who is also a Lancashire county councillor, said this brought added benefits to the wider Lancaster district.

The awards are part of a business support package which is exclusive to tenants of the White Cross Business Park.

Other areas of help which are offered include access to finance, business support and advice.

A recently-launched White Cross web portal, which helps companies promote their services and network, is also proving popular.