Whetstone business gets boost from breakfast event

A small business in Whetstone has increased its demand after meeting key contacts at Blaby District Council’s Business Breakfast event.

AiR Auto ID Resource has seen an increase in demand following business support from Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership’s Collaborate for Growth scheme, and the Digital Growth Programme from East Midlands Chamber. AiR supplies hardware and software which enables companies to print labels ‘on demand’ in-house and capture data through barcode scanning.

Director Navin Mistry met a representative of the Collaborate for Growth Scheme at the Council’s ‘Business Breakfast’ earlier this year. With AiR facing the challenge wanting to embark on its next phase of growth, Navin registered for free advice and support.

The business secured £6,000 towards their renovations which will give existing and potential customers a ‘real-life’ experience of how their barcode printers, scanners and software can work. AiR currently has a team of four and plan on employing another two people as a result of business growth.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development Portfolio Holder, said: “This is extremely exciting news and we’re so pleased for AiR on securing funding for an expansion.

“Local enterprise is vital to any local area, and we’re proud to have thriving businesses of all industry and size helping to make Blaby District a great place to live, work and visit.

Blaby District Council’s popular Business Breakfast event is the premier networking event for businesses in the local area. With industry speakers and information, the quarterly breakfast meetings are an ideal way to secure funding and business advice to grow. The event is hosted in prestigious locations across the district, including the Marriott Hotel, Hilton Hotel and Santander offices.

For more information on the Business Breakfast meetings and help available from Blaby District Council, email economic.development@blaby.gov.uk.