Samuel Grant Group is delighted to announce the approval of ambitious expansion plans, which will see the Leeds packaging company relocate in 2015 to a brand new 50,000 sq ft warehouse and operations centre located in the Leeds City Region enterprise zone.
The bespoke facility will create a 50 per cent expansion of the company’s warehousing capacity, resulting in increased efficiency, as well as generating new jobs and developing the skillset of the current staff.
Relocating from its existing site in Beeston, where it has been based for 65 years, the new operations centre will be located at Thornes Farm, 1 mile from Junction 45 of the M1 with grant support from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The existing workforce will transfer to the new location and a further 15 jobs will be created.
The company has gone from strength to strength through the recession, and has grown exponentially, targeting other industries such as the food and pharmaceutical industry, as well as launching the unique Samson Nano Palletwrap System.
Andrew Grant, Managing Director of Samuel Grant Group said: “This has been an amazing team effort – we have to thank Leeds City Council and the LEP for their support. We also have to thank RBS for helping to finance the build, Shulmans’ legal team for their advice throughout, and Knight Frank who were instrumental in securing the land for us.”
The 6.75 acre site at Thornes Farm is owned by Leeds City Council and has been sold to developer CPD Ltd, which has reached agreement to build three units for sale to end users.
Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and the economy said: “We have seen a real shift in momentum in recent months, with development activity underway across the enterprise zone. The news that the Samuel Grant Group is relocating to Thornes Farm is another important step towards realising the potential of the zone to boost jobs and grow the economy.”
A grant of £150,000 towards the cost of building the new facility has been received from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Business Growth Programme, which offers grants of £10,000 to £500,000 to help companies expand and create new jobs.
Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “It is fantastic to see this LEP investment enable a growing SME to relocate and expand into a prime business location. The LEP’s grant funding programme is now available to large businesses as well as SMEs locating in the Enterprise Zone and I hope this will act as a catalyst for further business investment in the months ahead.”
The new site will see the company investing heavily in continued growth and innovation, with a strong emphasis on improving their environmental impact. Staff will benefit from improved working conditions which will further support the company ethos of being a great place to work. Samuel Grant takes pride in excellent customer service - the move is being carefully planned to ensure that the highest customer service standards are maintained throughout, and the larger premises will also allow the company to offer a greater range of products.
John Foster, Partner at Shulmans LLP, said: “Shulmans advised Samuel Grant on the purchase of the land and on the developer’s engagement. Samuel Grant is a long-standing client of ours and this move to a new factory at Thornes Farm, an impressive new venture within the Enterprise Zone, marks the start of a new era for this family business. It’s been particularly rewarding to see such a successful manufacturing firm join an increasingly more commercial area of the city and participate actively in the further advance of Leeds.”