SB Connect Winter 2016

Grant Brings service five years early

Border Vets has increased the services it can provide by using the Scottish Borders Business Fund.

“The funding from the Scottish Borders Business Fund brought our project forward by five years,” said Border Vets director Carla Murphy. “We can now offer ultrasound scanning to our customers rather than referring them elsewhere – which is great for them and us.”

In 2009, Carla Murphy and Melanie Broad bought over a local business – renaming it Border Vets. Operating since 1945 as Gibson & Gibson, Border Vets is a well established business in the Borders. They invested heavily in modernising the business but still had to refer clients to other practices for scans.

Carla and Melanie set out a business plan to bring a scanning service in-house, highlighting that it would take them up to five years to afford the scanning equipment.

After a successful application to the Scottish Borders Business Fund they were awarded £3,675, partial funding towards a scanner. This brought forward the purchase of a portable ultrasound scanner which is now fully operational.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “This is a great example of how the Council is helping support local small and medium-sized businesses through the Scottish Borders Business Fund. Businesses are facing a tough operating environment and by providing financial support the Council wants to bring forward projects that risk being put off or even cancelled.”

The Scottish Borders Business Fund could provide your business with between £500 and £4,000 to partially fund a business development project that will increase earnings.

For more information contact the Business Support team at www.scotborders.gov.uk/business or email business@scotborders.gov.uk or telephone 01835 826 787