A NEW addition to Wigan’s business community has been handed a financial boost as part of a Government scheme.
M and J Plastics Ltd, located on the Miry Lane Industrial Estate, opened last month and secured a £30,000 loan with the help of Natwest bank.
Owners Mark Woodcock and Jamie Snowden are now to keep to make their mark on the local economy.
Jamie, a former PE teacher and university lecturer, said: “This last year has been a steep learning curve for me, but Mark has been, and will continue to be, an invaluable guide and mentor.
“I trust him completely and know that, together, we will be able to provide the best possible service to our customers.
“We are both totally excited about working together and looking after our customers in the way we know it should be done.
“With the help of Natwest, we have been able to turn our dreams into reality.”
The pair are originally from Maghull but chose Wigan to set up their business because of the superior transport links.
In order to help fund the venture Mark and Jamie worked with Sue Henderson, relationship manager at Natwest, who helped them to secure a loan backed by the Government’s Funding for Lending scheme. The loan is helping with initial start-up costs.
Mark, who formerly owned a home improvement company, said: “M and J Building Plastics Ltd offers specialist advice to customers on a range of home improvement issues. We will work with customers on their projects and offer the best advice we can.
“My advice to anyone looking to start their own business is to get in touch with the right people, especially with your bank.
“Sue was really helpful and took us right through the steps we needed to secure the loan.
“She kept us informed with everything and was very approachable.”
Products on offer from their business include roofing goods, cladding, code three lead flashing and window boards. Bespoke services include creating made-to-order windows, conservatories and orangeries in a variety of styles, colours and designs.