£84m grant scheme to create 5,500 jobs in Sheffield City Region

Amanda Page, of Sylvan Furniture, which received a �20,000 grant from the taxpayer to expand and create six jobs.
Amanda Page, of Sylvan Furniture, which received a �20,000 grant from the taxpayer to expand and create six jobs.
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A small family business in Pleasley Vale has become the 130th Sheffield City Region company to receive a grant under an £84m taxpayer-funded scheme that is set to create 5,500 jobs.

Sylvan Furniture has created six jobs after receiving £25,000 from the Local Enterprise Partnership towards a £70,000 expansion of the factory.

RGF grant recipient, gluten-free firm Delicious Alchemy.From left: Tony McLoughlin,  Liz Whetton, Imran Afzal, Emma Killilea and Charlotte Sprague.

RGF grant recipient, gluten-free firm Delicious Alchemy.From left: Tony McLoughlin, Liz Whetton, Imran Afzal, Emma Killilea and Charlotte Sprague.

The firm is expanding after winning a contract to supply furniture to a London hotel group and develop a range of furniture to sell into the social housing market.

Commercial director Amanda Page said: “The successful completion of this expansion project means that we now have the additional capacity, in terms of equipment and the workforce, to grow the company for the future.”

The LEP initially received £32m from central Government for its Unlocking Business Investment programme. The sum is set to ‘leverage’ £174m of private sector investment - usually bank loans - and create up to 2,500 jobs, it is claimed.

Recipients are large and small, famous and unknown, including Firth Rixson - now part of Alcoa - Diamond Dispersions, Magnomatics, William Beckett and the Floow in Sheffield, Naylor Industries, Cidon Group UK, Cutting Technologies in Barnsley and Carillion Energy Services, Icetope and Martek Marine in Rotherham.

RGF grant recipient. Pagets, builders' merchants, Robert Copley.

RGF grant recipient. Pagets, builders' merchants, Robert Copley.

Chris Scholey, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership board member, said the programme was so effective it was receiving a further £52m from Government.

He added: “Our LEP programme is really delivering jobs and boosting local businesses. Our programme has so far helped 130 ambitious local businesses from across the City Region to grow, which will create 2,500 new jobs.

“Government clearly recognise the effectiveness of our programme which is why we secured a top-up of £52m as part of our Growth Deal. This will help us to further boost business growth and create a further 3,000 jobs in our City Region.”

The LEP secured a £320m Growth Deal from Government.

RGF recipient: Building Products Solutions, Lynne Darwin.

RGF recipient: Building Products Solutions, Lynne Darwin.

* Business benefiting from RGF grants are in Sheffield City Region and pay business rates to Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham or Sheffield councils.

LEP bosses say ‘a clear case’ for grant funding must be demonstrated, with businesses being asked to prove their project would not go ahead, either as quickly or at the same scale, without grant support.

RGF recipients so far include:

3 squared Sheffield

A Herring Chesterfield

Abbey Glen Doncaster

Abbeydale Cottage Nursery Sheffield

Advanced Engineering Techniques Sheffield

ALD Print Sheffield

AML Ltd Rotherham

Ark Sheffield

Avoca Systems Ltd Chesterfield

Aztec Oils Chesterfield

Azzure IT Limited Sheffield

BA Kitchen Compnents Ltd Doncaster

Betafence Sheffield

Blue Tree Design & Print Rotherham

Building Products Solutions Rotherham

Bulroc Chesterfield

Carillion Energy Services Rotherham

Carlton Manufacturing Barnsley

Cathelco Chesterfield

Chapmans Agricultural Sheffield

Cidon Group UK Ltd Barnsley

Clear Line Sheffield

Coil Springs Sheffield

Connexion 2 Rotherham

Contact Centre 33 Sheffield

CTL Seal Limited Sheffield

Cutting Technologies Ltd Barnsley

CW Flecther Rotherham

Dearnside Fabrications Sheffield

Delicious Alchemy Ltd Sheffield

Diamond Dispersions ltd Sheffield

Direct Group Doncaster

Doncaster Laser Services Doncaster

EDV UK Ltd Sheffield

ENC Industrial Services Limited Sheffield

Experia Innovation Barnsley

Express Coatings Sheffield

First Horizon Barnsley

Firth Rixson Sheffield

Fusion Chesterfield

Gray & Foy Ltd Doncaster

Gripple Sheffield

GWD Media Sheffield

Holdsworth Chocolates D Dales

Ian Whitehead Furnishings Sheffield

IC Innovations Sheffield

Iceotope Rotherham

Idea Icon Limited T/a Printing.com Doncaster

Iidea Ltd Rotherham

In Touch Care Limited Sheffield

Inductalec Sheffield

Intastop Doncaster

Intertrain Uk Ltd Doncaster

JGW Training NE Derbyshire

Kingfield Care Homes Limited Sheffield

Kingfield Electronics Chesterfield

KP Snacks Limited Rotherham

Krantech Holdings Chesterfield

Laminates Sheffield

Leggett and Platt Components Europe Limited Barnsley

Lightwork Design Sheffield

Lincs Electrical Wholesalers Ltd Sheffield

Lion Trackhire Bassetlaw

Loadhog Sheffield

London Wiper Co. Rotherham

M R Machine Knives Limited Rotherham

Magnomatics Sheffield

Magtec Sheffield

Maher Sheffield

Martek Marine Rotherham

Mayflower Engineering Sheffield

My Fathers Heart Limited Sheffield

Naylor Industries Barnsley

Net Composites Chesterfield

Norton Cast Products Limited Sheffield

Oakworth Homes Limited Sheffield

Olmec Advanced Materials Ltd Sheffield

Omega PLC Doncaster

Pagets Builders Merchants Sheffield

Panel Systems Sheffield

Peak Ales D Dales

PowerTherm Contract Services Sheffield

Preformed Windings Ltd Sheffield

Proper Pasty Company Sheffield

Pro-Roll Limited Sheffield

Pyronix Ltd Rotherham

R Plevin & Sons Sheffield

Rapid PVCu Systems Ltd Bassetlaw

Raynot Ltd Rotherham

Rocksure Limited Rotherham

Rollem Patent Products Ltd Barnsley

Roy Hatfield Ltd Rotherham

Ruperts Recipies Barnsley

SCX Special Projects Sheffield

SEAMS Ltd Sheffield

Sheffield Precision Medical Sheffield

Solarmass Ltd Sheffield

Steps Rehabilitation Limited Sheffield

Sunnybank Garden Centre Doncaster

SVM Europe Ltd Rotherham

Swallow GB Rotherham

Swann Morton Sheffield

Sylvan Furniture Limited Bolsover

Symmetry Medical Sheffield Limited Sheffield

Taylors Eye Witness Sheffield

TC Wild Sheffield

Technical Display Consortium Sheffield

Technicut Ltd Sheffield

Televideo Limited Sheffield

The Floow Ltd Sheffield

The Original Marble Factory Workshop Ltd Sheffield

The Pink Pig Barnsley

Therco Ltd Sheffield

Thetford Limited Rotherham

Tinsley Bridge Sheffield

Unipart Doncaster

We Are Branding Ltd Sheffield

Westmoreland Plant Hire Ltd Doncaster

William Beckett Sheffield

Yellow Arch Storage Studio Sheffield

Yorkshire Precision Gauges Doncaster