A BUSINESS in Andover selling customised keyboards has been given a boost by Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) in the form of a £750 grant.

Thomas Beesley, a product designer in Andover, set up a business called Bees.Keys selling high-end customised keyboards.

Thomas was inspired to start the business by his previous career in architecture, where he learned skills in 3D design.

Andover Advertiser: Cllr Katie Brooks and Thomas Beesley

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Examples of keyboards designed by Thomas include an Art Deco style keyboard and a Hundred Acres, Winnie the Pooh-themed keyboard.

Thomas said: “I am thrilled to receive a start-up grant from Test Valley Borough Council, which will help with set-up costs for my workstation.”

Cllr Katie Brooks, who presented the cheque to Thomas, added: “This grant is intended to make a positive contribution towards the cost of creating a small business. We are committed to supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs in the local community. I wish Thomas all the best as he continues to grow and innovate.”

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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.

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