Case Studies

Construction firm set to build its business with £100k funding

October 31, 2017

A Hull company which provides construction services to the social housing sector has secured £100,000 funding for expansion from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Westlinks Joiners and Locksmiths Ltd undertake major renovation, maintenance and adaptation work for a wide variety of commercial and public sector clients, housing associations and charities.  The company has undertaken various major projects including a significant role in the Building Schools for the Future programme. Established in 2007 by

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Award-winning video advertiser receives funding boost from Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

September 5, 2017

An award-winning Hull-based video advertising start-up has secured funding from NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance.

Ash TV, a Tech North Northern Star 2016 award winner, will use the investment to hire additional staff to support its ambitious growth plans. It is the first investment in Humber by NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance.

The company was founded in 2014 by Ash Lewis, who has a background in programming and over 10 years’ experience working in online advertising for some of the UK’s largest consumer

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Hull audio-visual firm receives £100k investment from NPIF

September 5, 2017

Electric String, the Hull-based audio-visual systems specialist, has secured a £100k loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). This is the first investment in Humber by the NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance.

The investment follows a number of new contract wins at Electric String, which designs and installs bespoke systems for homes, corporate spaces and luxury yachts.

The company now plans to expand its 17-strong team with the appointment of an engineer and business development manager. Founded in 2010 by

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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) work with Humber-based engineering firm

September 5, 2017

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has facilitated £250,000 worth of debt funding to Humber-based engineering firm Allied Protek Engineering Solutions.

 

Based in Grimsby, Allied Protek is an engineering specialist, providing a full project management package including design, engineering, installation and maintenance for clients in the food, drink, fine chemicals and pharma sectors.

 

The investment was made by NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance, an NPIF product fund-managed by Enterprise Ventures, and will provide Allied Protek with the working capital to support

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Wilberforce College students go behind the scenes at KCOM

December 28, 2016

The Humber Skills Pledge brings together business with Employment and Skills. KCOM are investing in the future skills across the Humber. Wilberforce College have achieved the Humber Gold Standard for Careers, Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance.

Fifty students from Wilberforce Sixth Form College were recently given a behind-the-scenes insight into KCOM’s technology as they took a tour of the server rooms at its Carr Lane office.

The students are in the second year of a BTEC IT course and the tours gave

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Making Changes for Careers Programme

December 16, 2016

Making Changes for Careers Programme through the Youth Enterprise, assists young people to turn their ideas into businesses. Please see below two excellent exmaples from the MC4C team.

For further information on the MC4C programme please contact Kirsty Barr on 01482 616218 or kirsty.barr@hullcc.gov.uk

Jade Smithson, a seamstress from east Hull, branched out into bag making two years ago as part of her apprenticeship with Child Dynamix, Jade says, “A friend gave me the idea to create a bag from a rugby

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Delivering Housing Growth

August 24, 2016

Hull’s Housing-led Renewal Programme incorporates many private, community sector and registered provider partners. The project combines a new build programme alongside the tackling of empty properties and neighbourhood renewal interventions and will result in 1,398 construction jobs and 88 apprenticeships over the next three years.

In all 67 newbuild houses will be completed by the end of September 2016, while 143 empty properties will be brought back into use. 285 properties are being refurbished by their existing owners and a further 1133 have

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Grimsby Town Centre Infrastructure and Enabling Works

August 24, 2016

The project delivers an integrated programme of highways and public realm improvement works in the Cartergate/St James Square area of Grimsby Town Centre. This extends the £6m Local Sustainable Transport Fund scheme that supported sustainable travel modes in the Riverhead Square/Station Approach part of the town. 

The project unlocks a major, mixed use development project that will address market failure in the provision of Grade A office accommodation and supports the retention and expansion of a major professional services firm.

The project has

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Humberside Airport Surface Access Improvements

August 24, 2016

The scope of the project is to improve highway access to Humberside International Airport from the Strategic Road Network to facilitate future development and expansion at the airport. The scheme will unlock 20 hectares of allocated employment land at the airport, widen Caistor Road and replace the priority junction with a roundabout.

This addresses an overarching problem of poor connectivity of the airport to the strategic highway network at the A180/A18/M180 Barnetby Interchange which is limiting the attractiveness of Humberside Airport

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Bridge Street Cycle Scheme

August 24, 2016

This scheme, funded through the Local Growth Fund, involves the construction of a new shared use footway/cycleway along the A161 Bridge Street/Lower Bridge Street in Goole. The 1km link will provide a safe and continuous cycle route between the residential area of Old Goole and key employment, education, healthcare, leisure and retail facilities in Goole town centre.

It is hoped that the new route will encourage more residents to make short local trips on foot or by bike, supporting the high percentage of

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Growing the Humber : Martin Williams

August 24, 2016

About the company

Martin Williams Ltd is one of the UK’s foremost commercial vehicle bodybuilders, truck mounted crane supplier / installer and accident repair centres.

The business, situated in Hull, has built and fixed commercial vehicles, and continuously invested in technology and equipment to ensure the company’s processes are efficient and streamlined.

About the project

A grant of £67,751 was received to support the relocation of the sand blasting booth and subsequent extension of the company workshop to create an additional 8,000 square feet

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Growing the Humber : Kenworth Engineering

August 24, 2016

About the company

Kenworth Engineering carries out a variety of services centred around precision machining. These predominately include  milling, turning, internal and external grinding and also surface grinding.

The business, which takes on low and medium volume contracts from clients in a wide range of sectors, offers machining on almost any material.

About the project

The company needed to purchase two new machines – a new 3metre CNC lathe and a new machining centre – which would allow them to take on larger jobs

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Growing the Humber : Helix Precision Machining

August 24, 2016

About the company

Helix Precision Machining is a leading engineering company, which produces precision components and assembled products to a broad and varied customer base.

The company is equipped to carry out several different operations under one roof, including heat treatment, assembly, anodizing, painting, chemical blacking, laser cutting and waterjet cutting. These capabilities often save customers from having to order through multiple companies.

About the project

The business had an opportunity to expand production into the supply of aerospace parts. To enable them to maximise this opportunity

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Growing the Humber : Dataplan

August 24, 2016

About the business

Dataplan is a payroll services company based in Grimsby, and owned by chartered accountancy firm Forrester Boyd. Dataplan has built up over 45 years of experience providing payroll services for companies across the UK.

The company has been awarded several industry awards from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), and won the CIPP Payroll Service Provider of the Year twice. The company is also an accredited Payroll Quality Partnership organisation, awarded by the Chartered Institute for Payroll Professionals.

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Growing the Humber : Contrac

August 24, 2016

About the company

Contrac, a Beverley-based company employing 40 people, has been a supplier of computer consumables and print management to businesses and the public sector since the early 1970s. In the last 5 years , the company has developed its services to include MPS (copiers and printers), print consultancy, promotional products, and, most recently, IT Services.

Contrac IT Services has grown rapidly since its inception in 2013, offering consultancy, solutions, support and installation services to a diverse group of SME companies,

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Growing the Humber : C4DI

August 24, 2016

About the company

The Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) is a membership organisation that helps start-up digital businesses to grow, and established digital businesses to innovate by using technology more effectively. They also offer a year-long Innovation Programme, providing a problem solving service and assembling specialist teams to develop products and services.

The company provides support and infrastructure to help a network of about 900 digital entrepreneurs, businesses, employees, designers, developers and come together to collaborate and grow through social events, workshops, meet-ups and

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Growing the Humber : BJB Lift Trucks

August 24, 2016

About the company

BJB Lift Trucks is a supplier of materials handling solutions, providing sales, hire, repairs, operator training, parts and fleet management packages for customers across the UK. The company has recently cemented a partnership with cargo-handling equipment company, Kalmar, becoming an official dealer partner of Kalmar machinery.

Their location close to the two major UK ports of Immingham and Grimsby makes the company a close contact when organisations such as Associated British Ports and DONG Energy require heavy lifting solutions.

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Growing the Humber : Airco Centre of Excellence

August 24, 2016

 

About the company

Originally a refrigeration contractor, Airco now offers a full cold room design and build facility, along with specialist refrigeration equipment.

Airco began in Hull in 1991, eventually growing to a national company, with offices in Hull, Leeds, Immingham, Milton Keys and central London.

The company now design, supply, install, commission, service and maintain a full range of equipment from leading manufactures and provide solutions for air conditioning, refrigeration, electrical, heating and renewables.

The business has gained accreditation to install EV charging

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Growing the Humber : Steelridge

August 24, 2016

About the company

Steelridge manufactures and supplies complex fabrications with supporting processes such as shot blasting, painting, stress relieving, assembly and hydraulic testing.

The sector is a competitive one and strategic investment is important for the company to maintain viability. The business had outsourced bending and profiling works but saw an opportunity to bring these functions in-house.

About the project

The business decided to invest in two new machines, a Press Brake and Plasma Profile Burner to streamline the manufacturing process, enable Steelridge to

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Growing the Humber : Sport Identity

August 24, 2016

About the company

Sports Identity is a signage manufacture company which specialises in servicing the sporting sector and competes internationally with established, large trading organisations with key accounts.

The business prides itself on offering service, relationship and value for money, and these core values have assisted its steady, annual growth, recently necessitating a move to larger premises.

About the project

A grant of £43,000 was awarded to the business to support investment in a number of efficiency improvements and included purchasing a new latex

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Growing the Humber : Sherwood Plastic Products

August 24, 2016

About the company

Sherwood plastic Products Ltd manufactures tamper evident security seals for a number of high street clothing retailers, including Next, JD Sports and Edinburgh Woolen Mill. The company has been operating in this sector for over 20 years and has established a loyal customer base.

Increasingly large orders are being received for both existing designs and new, customer-specific seals which has the potential to lead to rapid business growth within a couple of years.

About the project

In order to achieve full

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Growing the Humber : John E Wright and Co

August 24, 2016

About the company

John E Wright is a long-established, family-owned printing company specialising in large format display graphics. The group has eight sites around the UK and a production headquarters in Nottingham to which some services have been outsourced with others being outsourced to third party suppliers.

About the project

The company was looking to expand the portfolio of services offered by the Hull business by purchasing a new digital cutter to enable more signage and exhibition work to be undertaken and fewer

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Growing the Humber : Focus Packaging and Design

August 24, 2016

About the company

Focus Packaging & Design Ltd has been trading since 1998, initially supplying specialist packing, packaging and technology advice to the commercial and retail seed sectors. Whilst these are still part of the company’s activities, the main business now is developing and manufacturing products for the home gardening sector.

A range of new products are based around coir, a sustainable coconut by-product, and give the business an opportunity to increase higher price point sales with higher margin through an environmentally

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Growing the Humber : Fast Form Systems

August 24, 2016

About the company

Fast-Form Systems Ltd manufactures and supplies award winning, patented formwork available for hire and sale to the construction sector worldwide. The versatile, lightweight and adjustable formwork and shuttering system offers an alternative to timber shutters and large panel systems, lowering delivery costs and carbon emissions.

Last year, the company won the contract to support the excavation and casting of concrete in the bases of tunnels in the London underground. This will drain pollutants discharged by the trains away from the groundwater aquifer,

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Growing the Humber : Associated Plastic Components

August 24, 2016

About the company

The business manufactures glass reinforced plastic building products. The business was recently split from the Paneltex Group to enable the business to reach its full potential. It was already operating at capacity in its existing premises and had exhausted all possibilities for creating more space having constructed several mezzanine floors and added a number of portable buildings and storage containers.

With an increased demand for general and bespoke building products the business needed to move to a larger site

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Spencer Group – Work Experience and Apprenticeships

August 10, 2016

Spencer Group – Work Experience & Apprenticeships

Jamie Hartley, Chris Smith, Courtney Smith, Phil Kirkwood

The Spencer Group’s commitment to developing work experience placements and apprenticeships has seen us deliver work experience to seven people throughout the summer of 2016. Work experience placements have been delivered in our design team where Harry Cooke, Miles Litten, Daniel King and Nadia Peacham have all undertaken one month placements.

Each student was given the opportunity to work on our Energy Works project, which is an

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Second Award in 2 weeks for Care Plus Group Employability Team

March 24, 2016

Two members of the Care Plus Group Employability Team were recognised at the Health Education England Talent for Care Awards which took place in Leeds last week. Sharon Stead, Employability Services Manager and Laura Robinson, Trainee Admin Assistant were both highly commended at the awards. The event was held at the Leeds Beckett University hosted by Health Education England on the 18th of March and show cased talent across the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Sharon Stead received her highly commended recognition

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Case study: Brocklesby Limited

March 27, 2015

About the company

Brocklesby Limited are a family owned company, based at North Cave in East Yorkshire. They are recycling specialists of used cooking oil and fatty acids, processors of high oil food waste and manufacturers of fatty acids. They work closely with major UK retailers and food manufacturers to process their used cooking oil and food waste into products primarily for use in the biofuels industry.

A developing strand of the business is to extract oils and fat from high oil

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A B Graphic International Limited

March 27, 2015

About the company

A B Graphic International Limited are world leaders within the label printing industry. They offer an extensive, innovative range of label converting machinery and comprehensive technical after sales support offering them continuing success within the label and packaging industry.

Their machines are designed to meet the end user demands for multiple converting options.

They recently celebrated 60 years of business and remain a family owned company. They currently employ 235 people.

About the project

With worldwide demand for digital printing

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Kwik Tuf Ltd

March 17, 2015

Kwik Tuf Ltd supplys glass and associated products to business and trade.

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