MANUFACTURING: Everquip Garage Equipment Ltd has its sights on breaking into the domestic motor service market to complement existing share in the UK and European industrial and rail industries.
The Gilberdyke engineering company manufactures and installs steel inspection pits for customers including Kwik Fit, Stagecoach, Arriva and BT, as well as local authorities and hauliers.
The company recently secured a £50,000 loan from UK Steel Enterprise to develop a fibre glass inspection pit for classic car enthusiasts.
Managing director Stuart Everard said: "All of our other lines are made in steel and are designed for heavy duty use" he said. "Unfortunately some car enthusiasts simply dig a hole and line it with cement, which raises many health and safety issues. Our fibreglass pits will be safe, clean and easy to maintain and because of the material we will be using they will be affordable."
Formed in 1982, Everquip employs 20 people at the Gateway Business Park and last year generated a turnover of £2.5m.
FOOD: The Government must act now to ensure East Yorkshire farmers are not undercut by cheap pork produced illegally in Europe.
Richard Bacon, Tory MP for South Norfolk, told the Commons that non-compliance among some EU member states with a pig welfare directive was adding more pressure to Britain's pig farmers – the highest proportion of which are based in East Yorkshire.
He said: "There are only five nations – the UK, Austria, Estonia, Luxembourg and Sweden – which achieved full compliance with the directive by January 1 deadline.
"In short, Europe is awash with cheap pork produced illegally, forcing down the price of pork and other pig products and adding more pressure to Britain's already hard-pressed pig farmers who are complying with the law."