Council grant sees graduate join firm

Tom Egerton with Cllr Peter Wilkinson and company owner Barry Crompton.
Tom Egerton with Cllr Peter Wilkinson and company owner Barry Crompton.

An international business graduate has taken up an internship with a rural firm thanks to a grant from Hambleton District Council.

Tom Egerton who studied at the University of Hull, has been appointed as a digital marketing intern with West Tanfield based Abrasive Finishing Systems.

The council offers a scheme to encourage local businesses to take on a graduate who has graduated within the last three years via a grant of up to £5,000 to support wage and equipment costs.

Councillor Peter Wilkinson, deputy leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “Many small businesses would be unable to recruit without this financial assistance.

“Hambleton wants to support growth through the graduate programme. It is aimed at small and medium sized companies and provides incentives for growth at a time when many businesses are struggling in the current economic climate.”

The firm’s owner Barry Crompton added, “We are really excited to be able to welcome Tom.

“We are really grateful for both the financial and professional support of Hambleton District Council in making it possible.”

The council’s newly adopted Economic Development Strategy aims to support up to 15 graduates a year to find jobs