400 new jobs on the way means recruitment drive in North Lincolnshire
FIRMS across the region are set to begin recruiting for up to 400 new jobs.
The new year jobs bonanza has been made possible using cash from North Lincolnshire Council's £10 million Regional Growth Fund (RGF).
The authority was handed the money as part of the Government programme to help businesses, large and small, create new jobs and training opportunities.
And among the 19 companies to benefit so far is The Pastry Room, which was allocated £55,000. It is due to start recruiting for a new factory in Elsham.
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The company will produce a new frozen pastry crumb product, which can be turned into high-quality fresh pastry in two minutes.
John Hendy, its managing director, said: "The factory is now complete and just needs a few finishing touches before it is up and running. We have written the job descriptions and will be recruiting members of staff.
"I think the RGF is great for our area. On the back of many challenges and job losses in this region, it is great that the money will help small business thrive.
"The council has done a great job in introducing the RGF.
"We have managed to launch this new side of the business in 10 months thanks to the RGF, it has been the backbone to our success.
"We are hoping to expand and employ more people."
Other firms to benefit so far include Scunthorpe-based Alan Dick Communications, which is creating 21 new jobs.
The Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) has received £364,000, which will pay apprentices training allowance for 70 jobs.
And Manta Shopfitters is due to create 12 new jobs with its £166,950 grant.
A total of 19 companies have been successful in RGF applications so far, although five are still going through a due diligence process.
The council is anticipating getting close to the 400 jobs mark by March, taking into account further applications in the pipeline.
The prospect of new jobs provides a boost to the Scunthorpe Telegraph's Your Life, Your Future campaign.
We have teamed up with North Lincolnshire Council and other partners for the initiative, which aims to raise aspirations and increase employment opportunities.
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