Business Incentive Grant awarded to Patterson’s Pantry Test Valley Borough Council has awarded a £500 Business Incentive Grant to Andover businessman James Patterson, in recognition of his hard work setting up his tea company, Patterson’s Pantry.

Patterson’s Pantry sells tea and related products to the public, shops, delicatessens and independent outlets. James can often be found selling his products at the Andover Farmers’ and Crafts market, Weyhill Fairground fair and Andover Guildhall Mencap fair.

Economic Portfolio Holder, Councillor Peter Giddings, said: “James has a lot of experience in the tea industry and has carried out extensive research to enable his business to get off the ground. I am pleased to present him with the Business Incentive Grant on behalf of the Council. The grant offers a small incentive to keen entrepreneurs who have taken the plunge to launch their own business in the borough.”

The £500 grants are available to anyone looking to set up their own business in Test Valley. Budding entrepreneurs should apply for the grant before they start their company and if it is still going strong six months later they will receive the cheque.

For more information about the Council’s Business Incentive Grants, please visit

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