On target for more growth
A Coleshill-based telecoms business is on course to double one of its growth targets following support from Warwickshire County Council.
G Comms, based on Gorsey Lane, has already taken on six new staff since receiving a grant from the County Council and is looking to add another six by 2021.
It comes as the firm celebrates its fifth anniversary, moving to new premises and is helping to deploy 5G networks across the region.
G Comms has invested in a new specialised forklift, cardboard baler and racking at its new premises to support the growth of the company, which was part funded by a Small Capital Grant of £27,800 from Warwickshire County Council.
Managing Director Claire Greenwood has 25 years of telecom industry experience and says that the Covid-19 pandemic has led the business to continue expanding, as working from home has become the norm.
She said: “We’re growing very quickly and the last few months we have been working around the clock to support our clients with delivery of 4G and 5G telecoms infrastructure.
“We help network providers and telecoms professionals focus on core competencies and stay competitive in the marketplace.
“The business had outgrown its previous premises and we knew we had to move to be able to facilitate the ever increasing demand for our services.
“While we were at our previous premises Simeon Lee from Warwickshire County Council visited us and helped us to apply for the grant.
“We needed a lot of capital to complete the premises move and ensure the equipment was exactly what we needed to thrive, and the grant has really helped us to do this.
“The County Council was really helpful with finance and business advice too, giving us some guidance around the risks and challenges of growing a business.
“In our grant application we said we hoped to employ six new permanent staff and we have already surpassed that goal – it’s looking like we will actually double our original target.
“We’re taking on more staff because Covid has proven that people can work at home, and to work at home productively they need good access to the internet. This has put pressure on the telecoms industry and budgets have started to loosen up.
“We have an exciting future ahead of us, enhancing what we already do and looking to invest further into our own logistics and technical capabilities including stage and test facilities.”
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and portfolio holder for economic development, said: “This is a wonderful example of what we are seeking to achieve. Obviously, the grants are key to helping a business to make the next step and expand but advice and guidance to support them is just as important. I’m delighted that we have been able to offer G Comms such a package of support and their taking on additional staff is precisely the outcome that we are looking for.”
The advice for the company was delivered as part of the “CW Business – Start, Grow and Scale” project which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Warwickshire County Council.
Caption: G Comms in Coleshill