Gripple launches £1m staff social club in Sheffield

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

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.

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.