DEGF is always pleased to hear success stories especially when the business involved credits some of its success to the help it received from our funding. So we are particularly proud to announce that at the recent Rural Business Awards, DG Light Haulage was awarded runner up in both categories they were a finalist in – Rural Employer of the Year and Rural Innovation of the Year.
On coming home with two awards, David Guilford, Managing Director said: “Being runner-up in both categories is fantastic, I’m chuffed to bits! Our hospital mattress recycling scheme has had a positive environmental impact by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and highlights that there are always new ways to do things, you just need to think creatively and innovatively to find the best solution. Being recognised in the Employer of the Year category really emphasises the great team we have; our business is nothing without a strong team and we’re privileged to have some great people working with us.”
Rural Business Awards co-founder Anna Price said: “DG Light Haulage is clearly a very different type of business again, but we felt the way the company had shown so much growth was showing a real benefit to a local, rural community. As for innovation, DG Light Haulage’s scheme to recycle hospital mattresses is simple but truly innovative.”
The DG Light Haulage team is confident it couldn’t have got this far without the support of DEGF which is fantastic to hear as it shows the positive benefits that our funding can have. The team at DEGF is pleased we could help and is proud of the company’s achievements to date.
DEGF is a £20 million pot of funding achieved through a successful bid into the government’s Regional Growth Fund. Derby City Council’s Economic Regeneration Team manage the fund which is distributed in the form of grants and loans. Businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and the travel to work area are encouraged to apply.
Due to making loan investments rather than simply distributing grant payments, the DEGF will be available to support businesses for years to come.