New jobs at Telford manufacturer thanks to grant help

A specialist Telford manufacturing company has expanded and
created six new jobs after receiving nearly £100,000 from a grant programme
supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

MBIG programme manager Caroline Cattle with Paul Beirne of Midland Alloy
MBIG programme manager Caroline Cattle with Paul Beirne of Midland Alloy

During 2019 Midland Alloy took on new staff and built a warehouse
extension at its Stafford Park base after receiving £97,285 from the Marches
Building Investment Grant (MBIG).

The company – which specialises in the manufacture of complex
curved metal products and components for UK and European customers and also has
its own RadiAl range of shaped aluminium windows and louvres – says the
expansion is part of a £500,000 investment in its future.

Director Paul Beirne said the new 4,000sq ft extension had created
a six-metre high, dedicated pallet racking storage facility for long lengths of
aluminium, other materials and tools, and extra space for manufacturing. 

“This investment will also increase manufacturing space within the
existing main factory with the potential to reduce operating costs and increase
the capacity for sales growth and more jobs. Our competitiveness should be
enhanced due to quicker, efficient and safer methods of handling, storage and
first stage processing of long lengths of aluminium extruded stock.

“Six full time employees have already been engaged and the company
is looking to hire extra qualified experienced engineers for both the core
business and also RadiAl architectural aluminium window products.

“Whilst we have been very severely affected, like most
manufacturers, by the Coronavirus lockdown in March, our large size capacity
complex 5-axis machining facilities

specialising in machining aluminium vehicle chassis extrusions,
castings and

aluminium extruded assemblies for Electric Vehicle Battery Trays,
have recently

attracted new projects from within the automotive industry.

“The MBIG grant has been a major incentive to undertake the new
extension and assist future business expansion after a solution has been found
for the Coronavirus problem.”

The MBIG programme
has recently been extended with a new £2.2million programme offering grants of
up to £150,000 to help meet the cost of building new premises, or extending and
reconfiguring their existing ones. It is part-funded by the European Regional
Development Fund, and supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and
Marches Growth Hub.

Programme Manager Caroline Cattle said: “Midland Alloy has a track
record of success stretching back to 1973 but was being held back from further
expansion by a lack of space. The new extension has provided a purpose-built
storage area and also freed up space for further growth in their original
building.”

Gill Hamer, Marches LEP Director, said:
“This is fantastic news for Midland Alloy, the new staff and the economy of the
area as a whole. By helping ensure that companies such as this can realise
their growth ambitions, the Marches LEP and Growth Hub is delivering real
results to drive forward our economy.”

The MBIG programme, which is delivered by Herefordshire Council,
awards funding for projects that create new jobs or products and meets up to
half the cost of successful applications, meaning that projects costing up to
£300,000 could secure a grant of £150,000. The scheme covers B2B businesses and
does not include retail, social welfare or agricultural companies.

Herefordshire
Council is the accountable body for the MBIG scheme. Full details are available
from Caroline Cattle and Alison Rogers on mbig@herefordshire.gov.uk or by
calling 01432 260 662.

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