Success Stories and Events

Maier UK Expands Workforce By A Third With Support From Stoke On Trent & Staffordshire LEP

Maier UK, the Spanish-owned automotive supplier based in Burntwood, Staffordshire, has expanded its workforce from 200 to 270 following an investment of £8.5m, £1.12m of which came from the Regional Growth Fund supported by Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The...

Magna International Inc To Create 29 Jobs At New Aluminium Casting Facility

Supported by UK Trade & Investment and the Automotive Investment Organisation, Canadian-owned Magna International is opening a new aluminium casting facility in Telford, Shropshire which will supply Jaguar Land Rover. At 225,000 square feet, the new factory will employ 295 staff when it begins...

EY 2016 UK Attractiveness Report Shows That The UK Is Number One In Europe For FDI

EY have released their UK Attractiveness Report for 2016, which looks at the UK's position in foreign direct investment. Once again, the UK is the most attractive destination in Europe for FDI, with 20.9% of receipts. The independent report, which covers the period from January to December 2015,...

Vantec Europe Expands In Sunderland, Creating 120 New Jobs

Warehousing and logistics company Vantec, a subsidiary of Hitachi Transport Systems, is opening a new 436,000 sq ft warehousing facility in Sunderland to support its logistics work for the Nissan plant in the city. Speaking about the new warehouse, which cost £23m to build, Vantec’s Managing...

Vorwerk Opens New UK HQ In Solihull

German household appliance manufacturer Vorwerk has opened a new 1700 square foot HQ in Balsall Common, Solihull, ahead of the launch of its new VK200 vacuum cleaner in June 2016. The Wuppertal-based company manufactures several household electrical items including kitchen appliances, and will use...

Orkla Acquires Bromsgrove’s LG Harris & Company

Norwegian group Orkla has taken over painting tool manufacturer L.G. Harris & Company of Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove. The deal, worth £55m, will double the size of Orkla’s investment in this business sector. Harris is one of the market leaders for painting tools in the UK, with brands including...

Nestlé Opens Coffee Centre Of Excellence In Derbyshire Following £325m Investment

Nestlé has transformed its Tutbury factory in Derbyshire with an investment of £325m, creating a ‘Coffee Centre of Excellence’ and adding 425 jobs. The centre brings all of the company’s coffee manufacturing processes together for the first time – the factory will produce freeze-dried, spray-dried...

Australian Luxury Gunmaker Moving To Northampton Enterprise Zone

Longthorne, the luxury shotgun maker which has operated in the UK since 1998, is moving from its current Lancashire site to the Northampton Enterprise Zone so that it can up production – the company hopes to increase output by a factor of ten. Longthorne’s Marketing Director Elaine Stewart said: “...

HighWire Press Opens Belfast Office To Better Access European Market

Californian publishing technology company HighWire is opening its first European office in Belfast, employing ten people with plans to expand to 74 employees by the end of 2016. The company, which specialises in technological solutions for scientific and academic publishers, is opening its UK...

US Company Calysta Inc Opening Teesside R&D Facility

California-based biotechnology company Calysta Inc, which specialises in the production of fish and animal food nutrition products, is opening a new research & development centre on Teesside following the conditional award of a £2.8 European Research Development Fund grant. The project, which...

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