A BUSINESS Incentive Grant is available for new businesses starting out in Test Valley.

A business in Andover has received a £750 cash boost from Test Valley Borough Council to help with the start-up costs.

Andrew Hoare, new owner of ATH Gas Services said: “Thank you so much to Test Valley Borough Council for awarding me the grant. I was keen to set up on my own after seeing the success of my brother as a self-employed electrician, who was also lucky enough to receive a Business Incentive Grant.

“I feel ready for this next step on my own as I have gained a wealth of experience over the last 15 years.”

Andrew has spent 15 years working with different employers in the housing and building industry but decided to take the leap and go self-employed, setting up the new engineering service.

Councillor Tracey Tasker, who presented the cheque to Andrew said: “It is great to be able to offer support through a Business Incentive Grant to a new local start-up and I wish Andrew all the best in his new venture.”

The council’s Business Incentive Grants are available to anyone who has set up a business which is still operating well after six months.

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