Case Studies 

Funding supports company’s technology drive

Bridgend-based, TSW Training is an experienced training provider which has been established for over 45 years. The company has seen excellent growth in the past eighteen months, expanding to employ 55 staff across three sites, double the size compared to late 2009.

Earlier this year, it received support from the Economic Development Unit in Bridgend in the form of a Local Investment Fund grant to assist with its expansion plans and with the installation of a new state-of-the-art IT and telephone system.

Matthew Channell, Commercial Manager at TSW Training commented: “The continuing expansion of our company represents a very exciting time for TSW, especially in the current economic climate. With the help of the Local Investment Fund we were able to install a communications infrastructure to support the company’s multi-site expansion. We are very grateful to Bridgend County Borough Council’s Economic Development Unit whose advice and support was second to none.”

Niko lights-up future for Bridgend company

Moss Technical Services has won an exclusive contract with Niko UK Limited to become sub distributors and provide installation training throughout Wales.

With an expected contract value in excess of £450,000 over the next three years, the electrical and security contracting business has subsequently secured a £30,000 loan from UK Steel Enterprise and a £9,000 grant through the Local Investment Fund administered by the Economic Development Unit at Bridgend County Borough Council to develop enhanced training facilities.

Niko UK is the recently formed subsidiary of the Belgian home automation and lighting solutions provider. Manufactured in Belgium, the range of 6000 products includes automatic controlled lighting enabling users to reduce costs and carbon footprint as lights are automatically turned off when not required. Moss Technical Services will provide courses for installers and electricians in Wales to learn how to design, install and programme Niko automation and lighting systems.

Andy Moss, Managing Director of Moss Technical Services said: “The contract win is great news for our business and comes as we finish our best year to date. With the help of the Economic Development Unit, Graham Paul Chartered Accountants and funding from UK Steel Enterprise, we have developed a training suite that boasts a complete facility for hands-on experience of programming and installing Niko systems.”

Funding kick starts new business venture

Two Wheel Engineering Services on Bridgend Industrial Estate was established in January 2010 by Dene John. The company provides engineering and development support to national motorsport race teams and the motorcycle trade.

Owner, Dene John said: “I identified a niche in the marketplace for improving the performance of motorcycles. I set up Two Wheel Engineering Services earlier this year with a colleague, Jason Leyshon, and together we have developed a system for electronic motorcycle testing that no one else has at the moment, but race teams are extremely interested in.

“We approached the Economic Development Unit in order to apply for funding towards the purchase of an engine dynamometer – a rolling road for motorcycle testing which aids the development of reducing gear change times and gives race teams a much sought after competitive edge. The dynamometer allows us to test and develop the system and tailor it to specific models.

“The team at the Economic Development Unit were very supportive and assisted us with the application process at every step of the way. The funding has enabled us to develop our business idea and turn it into an exciting business venture.”

The Butchers Arms

Funding is currently in place to support The Butchers Arms in Pontsticill, near Merthyr Tydfil, to develop a new bunkhouse facility at the premises. This development will focus on good quality, yet affordable, accommodation for visitors exploring the area and surrounding regions. Short-term lodging accommodation such as this forms a substantial part of the tourism sector in the Valleys and in Wales as a whole.

Such investment in the accommodation stock adds further value to a tourism sector that already benefits from the local landscapes that attract visitors looking to cycle, fish, play golf and take guided walks in the county borough.

Tribotics Ltd

Tribotics Ltd designs and manufactures control systems and electrical control panels for industry and supplies in both local and national markets. The business has extensive experience of producing control systems, with all design work and software development being undertaken in-house to create customised solutions. Funding was provided to purchase capital equipment, which has enabled the company to develop an efficient and cost-effective manufacturing process for specific control panels.

AJ Print Ltd

AJ Print Ltd have been trading within the borough of Merthyr Tydfil for the past 12 years, providing and manufacturing signs and general printed materials.

After a successful funding application through the South East Wales Local Investment Fund with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, the company were able to purchase an essential printing machine creating six jobs.