A £23,717 investment from BIG Productivity has allowed Truro-based Grinding Solutions to purchase equipment that will help the company grow and expand its services.

Grinding Solutions, owned by husband and wife team Nick and Felicity Wilshaw, is a mineral processing company that offers consultancy, laboratory testing, site audits and plant design to clients around the world.

The business was founded by Nick Wilshaw in 2002, with Felicity joining in 2010, and it has enjoyed year-on-year growth as it has expanded its facilities and services, especially on the laboratory side.

Felicity Wilshaw

Director Felicity said: “We cover all minerals from coal to gold and everything in between. We assist a wide range of clients to optimise the liberation of minerals from their samples and help them to understand the best and most cost-effective liberation and extraction methods, while being mindful of environmental requirements and energy efficiencies that can be made.

“We initially completed lab-scale test work for our clients to understand if it is feasible to extract the product from the ground. If this is successful, we can then proceed to pilot scale testing to determine the feasibility of industrial scale minerals production.”

Thanks to the grant from BIG Productivity, and its own investment, Grinding Solutions has been able to purchase a full range of pilot scale equipment, growing the services it can offer to new and existing clients.

Felicity Wilshaw had been on the look-out for grant funding to complement their growth aspirations and was introduced to BIG Productivity through Access to Finance and her own networking.

She said: “This investment is really going to change what we can do and help us expand massively. We are the only company in the region that can offer this level of services, and we couldn’t have done it without the BIG Productivity fund.”