Mark hits the road with grant

Investment: Mark Ritson
Investment: Mark Ritson
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It might be a long way from restoring law and order to restoring VW camper vans but it’s been a long and successful one for Mark Ritson.

His Morecambe-based ‘Morecambe and Wize’ company has found top gear with numerous orders for their work, based around supplying vans – most of which were originally made between 1963 and 1978.

Founded in 2008, the firm was initially a part-time commitment as Mark was also a policeman with the Cumbria Constabulary.

Three years later, it became a full-time occupation, one that has seen the company go global.

“We had two camper vans we hired out to people,” Mark said of his company’s origins.

“What we found was people were looking to buy them, so we bought one from America off the internet, sub-contracted it to various different companies and then sold that. Then we had two other sector customers who came in and said they wanted one, so that’s how it all started.”

They can now enhance their development with the award of a grant worth £12,803 from the Lancashire Business Growth Fund.

That money will go towards the purchase of a CNC machine, spray booth, compressor and tyre changer, dust extraction, associated building works and electrical work.

The company’s total investment comes in at £64,018 with the safeguarding of two new jobs and the creation of another three.

Those new roles augment the eight members of staff based in Morecambe and another five elsewhere who work on the firm’s website, marketing, social media, publicity and national advertising.

The Lancashire Business Growth Fund is a programme offering capital investment grants to businesses across the county.