Growth grant supports relocation for ambitious PR firm

Business Growth Grants

Up and coming marketing consultancy KC Communications have accessed the AD:VENTURE business support programme to get help towards a move to new premises by successfully securing a grant towards their refurbishment costs.

Formed in 2014 KC Communications, based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire has achieved significant growth since starting up, and were ready for the next step in their expansion plans.

Founder and director of KC Communications, Katrina Cliffe had started her career at 15 as a marketing apprentice and found she had a love for the industry. As she continued her career path after having children, she wanted greater flexibility, but remained ambitious.

“When I started out, I had spent 5 ½ years working for a tech organisation, working from home, they were based in Dublin and I travelled internationally. I had no local business contacts whatsoever, yet in my first month of establishing the business I had 4 clients on board”

Fast forward two and a half years and in a short time, Katrina had grown her team to 5, but faced a classic challenge for a thriving new business… they were rapidly outgrowing their space as they expanded and needed solutions to give them room to grow.

Their offices were not suitable to accommodate their rapid growth and plans for expansion so Katrina started to investigate options to move to bigger premises. The team were already based in Huddersfield and really liked the location, but were limited in terms of office space they could move to.

Having no awareness of the kinds of support available when she started the business, Katrina was sent an email about the AD:VENTURE programme. The programme supports new and young businesses from across the Leeds City Region and is part funded by the European Regional Development fund. After meeting her dedicated advisor, first steps were to look at the foundations of the business to identify challenges and opportunities.

The office move was the key opportunity identified for the business, and as Katrina had identified her new location, the support the team really needed in addition to the hands on help and advice from their advisor, was support towards the refurbishment of their new office space.

The premises were in good condition, and in a great location, but did need some work on the fit out to deliver the look and feel Katrina wanted for her clients. The AD:VENTURE grant application was successfully submitted, and KC Communications were awarded just over £7,000 towards their project to support the refurbishments.

The move has also meant Katrina could continue with her recruitment plans and in addition to recruiting her operations manager, is still building her great team, with space to do so!

Katrina adds “Initially I no idea what help was out there. Knowing you are going to get some money back towards a big move like this has allowed me to approach this move with much more confidence, supporting cash flow and allowing us to develop much faster than planned”

Next steps for KC Communications…..more growth!! Having met the company’s short term objectives, Katrina is further embedding her business as a respected brand….. so watch this space!