​A beauty salon and sea salt company are the first businesses to be approved for funding from the Isles of Scilly Voucher Scheme.

Claire Riley has received funding for new equipment for Flares beauty salon on St Mary's. 


She is quoted as saying: "I have been looking for a way to diversify and grow my business. Now, with the help of the Voucher Scheme, I have been able to purchase some new equipment which will allow me to offer a brand new treatment - I'm really looking forward to familiarising myself with the equipment over the winter and I hope to launch it in the early months of 2017."


Andrew Walder has also received funding for SC Salt, a St Martins based sea salt production company


He said: "SC Salt is delighted to have been successful in attaining funding through the Voucher Scheme. Streamlining our packing process with new equipment will help us meet increasing demand from discerning cooks who want to add a taste of Scilly’s crystal-clear waters to their creations."


The Voucher Scheme is a £1.36 million investment fund from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide match funded financial support to local businesses or start-ups enabling them to improve and grow their business.

The Scheme's staff urged anyone with ideas to grow their business to visit the Porthmellon Enterprise Centre or email

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