Small and medium sized manufacturers in Staffordshire have created more than 170 new jobs – as part of a programme funded by the EU and designed to help businesses boost performance and increase sales.
The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has contributed a total of more than £240,000 to firms in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire since the beginning of 2017. Its latest grant of around £2,000 has been handed over to family-run manufacturer Sydney Heath & Son, based in Burslem.
Sydney Heath is a manufacturer and supplier of bespoke foam, sponge and rubber products for industry, with a long and proud history of supplying Stoke-on-Trent’s pottery companies – including Wedgwood, Churchill and Steelite International - for more than 100 years. It exports around 50 per cent of its products worldwide.
The company employs around 30 staff and used the recent cash boost to enrol a handful of its key members of staff on a four-day course to learn about new business processes and company culture.
Finance and commercial director Jonathan Barnes said:
“The focus is on modernising and improving efficiencies across the manufacturing side of the business and so far it is having a very positive effect, especially on the more long-standing members of staff.”
“The fruit of this funding is providing more bandwidth to explore targeted business development opportunities.”
Cliff Mitchell and the Stoke Sentinel