Test Valley Borough Council has awarded Martin Starbuck a £500 Business Incentive Grant in recognition of his hard work setting up his dog bed company, Berkeley Dog Beds Ltd.
Berkeley Dog Beds Ltd, based in Harewood, steers Martin into a new career direction as he turns his passion for dogs into a business venture. Dogs are at the heart of Martin‘s family as he and his wife spend much of their time taking care of the Labrador gun dogs that they breed at home. The company began trading in February and sales are already booming. The company’s website, www.berkeleydogbeds.co.uk, offers a wide range of stock from mattresses and cushions to quality oak beds to tempt customers into treating their pets to a stylish place to snooze.
Owner of Berkeley Dog Beds Ltd, Martin Starbuck, said: “The Business Incentive Grant scheme is an excellent initiative that encourages entrepreneurs such as me to take the plunge and launch their own companies. The grant from Test Valley Borough Council has come at a great time as I plan to use it for advertising and purchasing additional stock for the run up to the busy Christmas period. It has been a lot of hard work, but it is also proving to be incredibly rewarding.”
Harewood ward member, Councillor David Drew, said: “I am delighted that Martin is being supported by the Council’s Business Incentive Grant in his new enterprise. Martin has linked up with a business mentor and has a natural passion for his business which demonstrates an entrepreneurial approach that will, I am sure, lead to success.”
Test Valley Borough Council offers Business Incentive Grants and Independent Retailer Grants to new businesses in the borough. To find out more about the funding opportunities available, visit