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Wirral Council funding programme helps companies develop and create jobs
Dozens of new jobs will be created across Wirral following the release of regional funding to local companies.
Wirral Council has allocated cash from its own £5m Regional Growth Fund grant to develop the peninsula’s offshore wind farm industry and enable companies to manufacture components.
Council cabinet has pledged support for three companies’ expansion plans.
Cabfind.com, which pioneered the first generation of “dynamic taxi booking systems", will create 30 new jobs in Birkenhead, by using the funding to develop a new software development centre.
FPI North West Ltd, specialists in sales and servicing of fluid-powered components and systems, will use the investment to buy new machinery and revamp their premises at Commerce Park, Birkenhead. Four new jobs will be created.
And Bromborough-based Riverview Law anticipate the extra cash will result in “significantly increasing” staff numbers over the next couple of years following further investment in its IT systems.
Invest Wirral, the council’s business support team based at Egerton House, Birkenhead, worked with all three firms to identify their business needs and support them through the funding application process.
Councillor Pat Hackett, council cabinet member for the economy, said: “The three companies operate in very different fields but all have demonstrated a commitment to Wirral. Solid trading histories promise a bright future.
“We are here to help them to invest further in their IT, plant, machinery and most importantly, their staff.
“We have supported four companies operating in the offshore wind industry with RGF grants so far and expect to help even more in 2014.”
On top of its £5m RGF funding, the council has been successful in securing £25m private sector investment, leading to the creation of 266 jobs.
The present programme will run until the end of March 2015 and represents a partnership between businesses looking to invest in the offshore renewable energy sector and Wirral Council.
Companies interested in applying for funding should contact the Invest Wirral team on 0151 650 6915 of vist their website.
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