A HARTLEBURY vinyl wrapping business have been given a welcome boost after receiving a generous grant from a development programme.

Ultimate Wraps were given a helpful £10,000 LEADER grant, which has been used to fund a large format printer to enable the company to produce larger prints for vehicles.

The business, which is based at the Hartlebury Trading Estate, was founded by Jack and Hannah Warwick and officially expanded into a full time venture in 2016.

Now, with the help of their new printer, Ultimate Wraps have been able to apply for an accreditation with a major vinyl manufacturer and are now the preferred supplier of full vinyl wraps for Gutter Pro UK vehicles.

The new equipment has increased turnover, and has created two new jobs, with the company looking at possibilities to hire new apprentices in the future.

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, and is delivered locally by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Local Action Group on behalf of Defra.

The goal of the programme is to enable companies in rural communities to identify and implement solutions to local problems.

Hannah Warwick, founder of Ultimate Wraps said: "The LEADER funding we received has allowed us to take that next step in the business timeline for Ultimate Wraps, and that has proven to be extremely lucrative.

"I would highly encourage local businesses to get in touch with the team just remember to be clear and concise as to the impact the funding will have for your business going forward. "

The final round of LEADER funding closes on September 21 2018, and people who have ideas on growing their rural business, or how to make a difference in the community can contact leader1@worcestershire.gov.uk or call 01905 846872.