A NEW business, set up by a woman in Andover, has been given a boost by Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) in the form of a £750 grant.

Maria Marin received a Business Incentive Grant for her company Irresistible Room, which specialises in offering virtual interior design services.

Maria started trading in the middle of last year after previously working in finance.

She said it was her dream to start her own company and has always had a passion for interior design.

Maria said: “I am really thankful of this grant and would really encourage other people out there thinking about opening their own business to apply, it is really easy process, and you get all support you need from the planning policy and economic development team.

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“Interior design has always been my passion and I have dreamt about starting my own company for years, and now I can say this is my everyday job. I am glad to see how Test Valley Borough Council is helping and supporting small businesses around the area. I hope this Business Incentive Grant keeps motivating other people to start their own venture.”

Andover Romans ward Cllr Tracey Tasker, added: “I was delighted to be able to hand over the Business Incentive Grant to Maria and Irresistible Room and talk to her about her new adventure. It’s wonderful to see any new businesses in Andover and I’m proud that we’re able to support them on their journey.

“I look forward to following Maria’s progress and echo her words about encouraging anyone planning on making their own business to apply for a Business Incentive Grant.”

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The council’s Business Incentive Grants are available to anyone looking to set up their own business in Test Valley. Anyone who successfully applies for the grant will receive £750 if their business is still going strong six months later.

These funds have become available to the community as a consequence of the council’s prudent investments, financial management and the use of the New Homes Bonus.

For more information about the council’s grant schemes, visit testvalley.gov.uk.