Huge grant helps Naylor grow green

From left: Chief executive Edward Naylor, chief operating officer Bridie Warner-Adsetts and Andrew Trippitt, financial director.
From left: Chief executive Edward Naylor, chief operating officer Bridie Warner-Adsetts and Andrew Trippitt, financial director.
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A Barnsley manufacturing firm has received a £650,000 grant towards a £2.5million project to boost sales, create jobs and reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

Naylor Industries is set to invest the huge sum in its Cawthorne factory, home to the clay division of its drainage subsidiary.

It will introduce smart utility metering, a plastic reprocessing plant and energy-efficient lighting.

At the same time, an energy-efficient kiln and dryer will allow the company to increase capacity, while creating more than 30 jobs.

The grant is from the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Naylor, which has its head office in Barnsley, primarily manufactures products for the construction industry, and employs more than 220 people in the region.

Finance director Andrew Trippitt said: “We are thrilled this grant funding from the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership will enable us to progress our ambitious plans to grow internationally while simultaneously creating a more sustainable business for the future.

“Over recent years, we have made great progress in developing export sales of our specialist pipe systems for the chemical drainage and trenchless technology sectors.

“At the same time, capacity constraints and rising energy costs have posed a threat to future growth. This project will allow us to expand our international sales while allowing careful control of energy consumption. 

“The project plan is all about enabling us to develop and grow our export business in a sustainable manner while creating employment opportunities in the Sheffield City Region.”

The firm has five factories in South and West Yorkshire, Fife and the West Midlands.

Naylor’s products include clay and plastic pipes as well as decorative gardenware. The company has sold into 49 different countries.

The firm has identified opportunities in markets that are experiencing dramatic economic growth, such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

The Naylor Group dates back to 1890, when the great-grandfather of current chief executive Edward Naylor, a civil engineer, built a railway viaduct in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire.  

The discovery of a rich seam of clay led to the foundation of a clay brick and pipe factory, which has evolved into a modern-day business with a group turnover approaching £50m.

The £2.5m investment project aims to “dramatically reduce” the company’s carbon footprint.

James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “We are thrilled that we have been able to help Naylor with its ambitious plans to increase capacity and save energy; these will enable the firm to cut costs and compete at an international level.”