Match fund puts Wortham company Howard Nurseries on path to growth

David and Christine Howard of Howard Nurseries in Wortham
David and Christine Howard of Howard Nurseries in Wortham

A plant wholesaler based in Wortham near Diss is headed for “a new era of growth” after securing a £7,275 grant to help expand its business activities.

Howard Nurseries, off Bury Road, is set to launch a paid internship costing £14,550, after receiving a 50 per cent match fund through the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Innovation Voucher Scheme.

Provided by the University of East Anglia, the new intern will help generate new customers, build brand awareness of the nursery and improve their website.

Christine Howard, who jointly owns the nursery with her father David, said: “We realised that we needed to do some new things and to do some old things differently.

“The 50 per cent match from the New Anglia LEP is really good value for money as not only do we get a qualified intern who will help to boost our sales and marketing, but this gives more time to run the business.”

This is the second grant Howard Nurseries has acquired in recent months, following a £2,700 award from Grants4Growth towards an efficient lighting project.

The company, described as “one of the country’s largest wholesale perennial specialists”, is also working with the New Anglia Growth Hub in seeking a grant to enhance its stock-taking technology, as part of a plan to convert a barn extension into a new packing and stock-taking facility.

Stella Rice, Growth Hub Adviser for South Norfolk and North Suffolk, said: “It is a real privilege to work with such an established business, to build on their many years of continuous development and to help them to ensure that the business is increasingly more viable going forward.”

The Innovation Voucher Scheme is available to eligible businesses until the end of March.

For further info, email growthhub@newanglia.co.uk