More grants benefit local businesses

Press Release: 24/01/2011

L-R Richard de Lacey, Lucy Luntz of Complete Life and Philip Partridge of PGP Solutions

Three more businesses have been awarded start up grants from Winchester City Council.  Richard de Lacey, PGP Solutions and Complete Life Personal Training have all received funding to help get their businesses started.

Richard de Lacey is creating beautiful handmade hard wood keepsake boxes and selling these via craft fairs and online at  The funding is being used to develop and market the business’s website.

Philip Partridge at PGP Solutions has set up the business as a chartered surveyors and property valuation practice.  The grant funding has helped Philip with the formalities of creating a consultancy and promotional material to get the business’s name known locally.  You can find out more about the business by contacting him directly on 07860 526 796.

Lucy Luntz at Complete Life Personal Training focuses on one to one and small group training primarily to parents and carers of young children (  The grant is helping Lucy to purchase new equipment to make sure her business can fully meet the needs of her clients.

Cllr Dominic Hiscock, Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity is pleased with the range of businesses the Council has been able to support, “These three businesses represent just a small sample of the entrepreneurs finding niche markets in a huge range of disciplines.  Winchester District truly is an enterprising place, and I am proud to be able to support such a community.”

The Council has allocated funds for start up grants as part of its recession-busting activities for the whole Winchester District.  The aim is to help people who have been made redundant or are out of work to start their own business.  Other measures include training, marketing, rate relief and providing jobs for the long term unemployed through the Future Jobs Fund.

To find out more about Winchester City Council grant schemes, go to or contact Kate Cloud by email or telephone 01962 848 563.