A LOCAL manufacturer has secured £4.4m funding, which it says will lead to expansion and the creation of scores of jobs.
Harpscreen Ltd, a manufacturer of screening equipment for the recycling, road building and quarrying sectors, has secured £1.1m from the government’s Regional Growth Fund, alongside £3.3m of private investment.
The funding will go towards enhancing and expanding the firm’s manufacturing facilities, as it develops a range of products for the domestic and overseas markets.
It will also help Harpscreen to reduce its dependency on imported supplies and enable it to be more competitive.
The expansion will create 66 new jobs, according to the company.
Kevin McCabe, managing director of Harpscreen, said: “This is a fantastic shot in the arm for Harpscreen as a British manufacturer and will help us in realising our growth aspirations both in the UK and globally.
“The RGF funding has enabled a project that would have struggled to come to fruition to become a reality.”
Robert Hough, chair of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Harpscreen’s commitment to its Haydock site is a huge vote of confidence.
“The £1.1m secured from RGF will not only create jobs but will deliver investment in advanced manufacturing techniques in Liverpool City region.”
The Regional Growth Fund is a £2.4 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2015.
It supports projects and programmes with significant potential for economic growth that can create additional, sustainable private sector employment.
It aims particularly to help those areas and communities which were dependent on the public sector to make the transition to sustainable private sector-led growth and prosperity.