A Hampshire company is set for growth with the help from a £90,000 loan from the Enterprise M3 Expansion Loan Scheme. Based in Bentley, near Alton, ATP Projects provides bespoke manufacturing, branding, laser marking and technical support services, helping companies across the country to stand-out from the crowd.
The company was founded in 2013 by Managing Director Andrew Pennington, who has extensive experience in the engineering and audio-visual sectors. As well as providing customised services the company also offers a wide range of standard manufactured products geared towards the theatre and entertainment sector.
Andrew Pennington commented, “We are a small but growing firm focused at giving a personal service to our customers. Everything we produce is carried out in-house and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work. This funding will allow us to expand our team with the recruitment of a new manufacturing technician and also help us with the development and roll-out of our new eCommerce platform. The platform will include a custom panel builder, allowing clients to design their own panel work on-line, which will enable us to reach businesses of all sizes.”
James Edwards, Senior Fund Manager at the FSE Group, “Andrew has a great deal of experience in the engineering sector and in a short space of time has developed an impressive list of clients across the entertainment and sporting industries. We are looking forward to working with the team at ATP Projects whilst they achieve their full potential for growth.”
Dr Mike Short, CBE Chairman of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “We are pleased to see ATP Projects benefit from our Expansion Loan Scheme. The investment will help them overcome the financial barriers to expansion, create new jobs and thrive. Small and medium scale businesses contribute significantly to our regional economy, so a key priority in our Strategic Economic Plan, is to support this important sector by delivering the infrastructure that enables businesses to innovate, improve productivity and drive sustainable economic growth in our LEP area.”
The Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator is a £5.5m initiative funded by Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership. It includes a growth equity fund and provides eligible companies with loans and equity funding of £50,000 to £200,000 for activities delivering high-growth and employment opportunities. For more information about ATP Projects visit: www.atpprojects.co.uk