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Title: On the Horizon: Horizon grows from strength to strength

Source: Alumni News

Powered access platform specialist, Horizon Platforms, is investing in new staff and equipment thanks to a government funding boost.

Horizon have won a funding loan through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), with help from Lloyds Bank under the government-backed Funding for Lending Scheme.

Lloyds worked closely with Horizon Platform’s Managing Director, Ben Hirst to secure a funding package that would support the company’s future expansion needs

The grant will enable Horizon to take on an additional 10 members of staff to their current 79 employees. Horizon will invest in an additional 75 new access platforms, with further growth coming from the re-investment of the business’ own profits.

Ben Hirst, Managing Director for Horizon Platforms, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve managed to secure this vital funding. It shows how – with a little help - it is possible for well-run firms to thrive even in a highly competitive marketplace.

“We have ambitious five-year growth plans and the cash boost will help us to expand at an even faster rate than we’d hoped.”

Lee McAllister, Regional Manager HP & Leasing, said: “We have a wide range of guidance and support we can offer to businesses to enable them to pursue their growth plans, tailored to their individual sector, and through schemes such as FLS we are able to offer competitively-priced funding.”


Title: Lisa takes plunge for charity

Source: M.E.N

A FUNDRAISER scaled new heights to raise money for a brave young tot who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Lisa Blinkhorn, 33, did a skydive from 15,000ft to raise money for three-year-old AmeliaMcNamara, from Wythenshawe. The girl was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis shortly after birth and needs a special vest to improve her quality of life.

Lisa and 40 sky-diving accomplices from Red Star White Collar Boxing are on track to raise a massive £7,000 to pay for a cystic fibrosis vest for Amelia following their efforts. This vest will dramatically reducing the amount of time Amelia needs to spend in physiotherapy and will enable her to breathe more easily.

Lisa, an account manager at Horizon Platforms’ Warrington depot, said: “I was very nervous but the experience was amazing and one I will never forget. “Because I’ve known Amelia and her extended family for many years, I’ve seen the day-to-day challenges they face and understand what a difference this vest could make. It will mean she can spend quality time living life as a child should, playing in the garden or riding her bike with her friends.”