Grant boost enables Acer expansion

05 Jul 2016

Business

Grant support from the Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund has enabled Halton-based Acer Engineering to expand into new premises and increase its workforce.

Founded in 2000, the family run business produces tailored steel fabrication products for Jaguar Land Rover, Veolia, NSG Group and other large companies in the North West.

The company had outgrown its premises in Speke and needed to relocate, so they turned to the Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund for support and were awarded a grant of £43,650 towards their expansion plans, safeguarding the future of the company and creating 9 new jobs.

Their application was submitted with the help of Mike Holmes from Business Doctors, a support network dedicated to helping small and medium sized businesses achieve their full potential.

Managing Director David Halton, commented: “In our old premises we were working on top of each other and it was becoming unsafe. There wasn’t enough space for welding and it had reached a point that we were spending time each day setting up work spaces outside, and then bringing them back in at the end of the day.”

The Merseyside Jobs and Growth Fund is managed by St Helens Chamber and provides grants for businesses planning to expand or invest in Merseyside, creating new jobs for local people.

Funded through the Regional Growth Fund, grants of up to £75,000 are available to provide capital investment for growth when suitable finance is not available elsewhere.

David says: “Without the grant there is no way we’d be where we are now in terms of staff numbers. Our efficiency has improved massively and more work is coming in, which we now have the space to fulfil.”

Geoff Bates, Regional Growth Fund Programme Manager at St Helens Chamber, says: “Acer Engineering are a great company producing essential products for some blue chip clients. They planned the move with meticulous detail and received the grant very quickly, enabling them to relocate into larger premises and hit the predicted job creation.”

David adds: “With the support of Geoff and his team the application process was painless. We received plenty of support and guidance, especially regarding the actual costs of the move and the scale of the building, as there were things we hadn’t originally considered in our application.”

For further information on the Fund, eligibility criteria and detail on how to apply , please click here.

Alternatively please contact Geoff Bates at St Helens Chamber on 01744 742087 / 742043 or email geoff.bates@sthelenschamber.com.