Projects and case studies


Whitmores Ltd – Polesworth Post Office Development - April 2016

Awarded: £5,334

Full-Time equivalent jobs created: 2.8

Polesworth, a rural town in North Warwickshire was at threat from losing a key community service, the Post Office was closing and needed to be relocated. A grant was given to Whitmore’s Ltd to relocate the Post Office into the Spar convenience store. The grant enabled the shop to be rearranged to allow a post office counter to be added. Without the grant the project would not have been able to go ahead and the town would have lost an essential service. Jobs have been created in the new Post Office and also the Spar convenience store expect to see significant growth in their business as a result of the project. Ltd – Visual Studio – May 2016

Awarded: £21,756

Full-Time equivalent jobs created: 2

Prezzybox is a growing online gift retailer based on a farm in a rural village of Austrey, North Warwickshire. A grant awarded to Prezzybox will enable the business to create a visual studio on the premises. The studio will increase online sales of gifts by providing each one with an accompanying video. Without the grant this project would not have happened for some time and would have significantly had an impact on the growth of the business. Prezzybox Ltd. hope to have the studio up and running before the Christmas period, which is their busiest time of year.

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Bosworth Marina Ltd – Bosworth Marina Café - August 2016

Awarded: £16,680

Full-Time equivalent jobs created: 4.7

The Bosworth Marina is situated close to the maerket town of Market Bosworth. It is a family run business established in 2014. The site of the proposed '1804 Café' is on a 19 acre site adjacent to the Ashby Canal and hosts a 150 birth marina, a wetland area, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) habitat area. The grant enabled the café to be fitted out and once completed the daytime café will provide a special 'greet, meet and eat' area for boaters, their friends and family and the vsiiting public. The Cafe will have a positive impact on the local economy by creating several new jobs over the next few years, encouraging more visitors to the area and providing an outliet for local food producers. For further information, visit the Bosowrth Marina website here.

Lauren Marie Photography - November 2016

Awarded: £4,409.77

Full-Time equivalent jobs created: 1

Lauren Marie Photography is a new start-up newborn baby photography studio near the market town of Atherstone. The grant has enabled the applicant to set up a new studio, purchase essential equipment and develop a new website, to take photographs for new parents and their families. The new website for Lauren Marie Photography has also been supported by the help of a grant. Without grant funding Lauren would not have been able to set this business up.



WH Gaytons & Sons Ltd– Bakery Building Extension- December 2016

Awarded: £24,996.70

Full-Time equivalent jobs created: 2

W H Gayton & Sons Ltd is a small, family run traditional craft bakery located in the village of Grendon near Atherstone. Established in 1919, it is now in it’s third generation of the Gayton family and has been operating in the same location since its origination. The business is wholly managed by David Gayton, Master Baker, who works alongside his brother Richard, also a Baker and his sister Elizabeth one of the Confectioner’s. They supply a selection of bread and cakes to shops, garden centres, schools and residents in the local area. The project will provide an extension to the existing bakery premises to improve facilities, thus providing a larger working area to produce products and also to develop the product range such as Danish Pastries and Croissants.

St Mary's Church– Youth HQ Revival - February 2017

Awarded: £14,079.92

Full-Time equivalent jobs created: 0.5

The original St Mary's Church building dates from the 15th century and was extended in the 19th century. In the 1970's a separate building was erected at the western end of the church building and was designated as the Youth HQ. From that date the Youth HQ has been used on a weekly basis by the Girls Friendly Society (GFS) and the Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade (GLCGB), as well as other groups. The grant has enabled the Church to renovate the Youth HQ to make it more useable and hopefully generate some additional income. For more information on the Church and the Youth HQ plaese visit the website.

Shustoke Village Hall Committee Ltd – Hall Adaptions to create two rooms- February 2017

Awarded: £24,105.50

Full-Time equivalent jobs created: 1

Shustoke Village Hall was donated to the village in 1925 and is the only Community Building in the area.  A Community Shop has been running from the Village Hall for over 4 years and recently an outdoor tea room facility was also added. The grant received from LEADER funding will allow the village hall to be adapted into two usuable rooms, with one half being an indoor tea room nad the other half used for meetings and general room hire.

Previous LEADER projects

See projects which were funded under the previous North Warwickshire LEADER Programme 2008 - 2013.