Gripple launches £1m staff social club in Sheffield

Sheffield manufacturer Gripple has opened a £1m social and training centre in a listed former school.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 21st November 2017, 9:04 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:35 am
Hugh Facey with Rt Revd Jack Nicholls, former Bishop of Sheffield, at the launch of GLIDE House.
Hugh Facey with Rt Revd Jack Nicholls, former Bishop of Sheffield, at the launch of GLIDE House.

Founder Hugh Facey launched GLIDE House on Attercliffe Common at a ceremony attended by scores of staff.

The firm converted the former Jaywing headquarters, also known as Players’ Cafe and originally Carbrook County School, built in 1874.

Mr Facey said: “We had been looking for somewhere for five years. I was just driving along when I saw the ‘for sale’ sign. I came in and hated the mezzanine and pillars. But when I came a second time I thought, ‘this is it!’

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Rt Revd Jack Nicholls, a former Bishop of Sheffield, conducted the official opening.

He said: “I think Hugh Facey will be on the front row in heaven when the time comes.”

Gripple makes wire joiners and has hit £60m turnover for the first time.