Hi. Incidentially Im also in a similar position.
The Irish Government brought out a savings scheme a few years ago where they added 25% to every cent saved for the past 5 years!! Only time we'll EVER get free money from the Government....or free money from anyone for that matter!
The schemes start maturing this month, mine is maturing early next year and its going to provide the capital for my start up and equipment. Woohoo! Job freedom.
I dont know how the 'cnc industry' is as such, but from my research I've learned that if your manufacturing, then cnc is essential for competitiveness. If you dont use it, the other guy will!