Public and private sector working delivers success

Rapidly growing Universal Components UK is expanding to Barnsley from their two existing premises in Sheffield. The highly successful company is a multinational with a UK turnover approaching £30m. 

The new 165,000 square foot advanced logistics facility will be the company’s head office, call centre and distribution warehouse when it opens in 2016. The property is being built at the developer Ackroyd & Abbotts Ashroyd Business Park, which is located off junction 36 of the M1 within the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone. 

Alongside the relocation of the jobs from Sheffield, the company anticipates that 80 new jobs will be created as they further expand the business in the future. 

Barnsley Council’s Property Investment Fund, one of the flagship initiatives identified in the Council’s Jobs and Business Plan, is supporting the development. The plan focuses on creating more jobs and an increased and strong business base. 

David Kernahan, CEO Universal Components “Universal Components have grown significantly in the last 10 years exceeding the capacity of their existing distribution buildings. Barnsley Council have been an instrumental and essential partner in facilitating a brand new distribution centre that will consolidate our existing premises, allow continued future growth and give rise to a new Logistics & Distribution training centre for staff development.” 

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “This is a very welcome development. Barnsley Council has supported Universal Components in terms of accessing finance, identifying the most appropriate site and assisting with property development. We are working closely with them now and this relationship will continue in the future.” 

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has supported this investment through a £145,000 grant. The grant will contribute to the costs of racking, storage and fit out of the new premises and will support the creation of nearly 80 jobs for local people, complementing the other private and public sector funding. 

Roger Marsh, Chair of the LEP said:“We are delighted to support this investment that will create so many new jobs in Barnsley and the surrounding areas. This is a fantastic example of where we are working closely with our LEP colleagues in Sheffield to benefit businesses across economic boundaries and shows how collaboration can move us towards the creation of an economic powerhouse in the north.” 

Robert Rusling, Ackroyd and Abbott commented, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Barnsley Council and Universal Components. This bespoke facility will further enhance Ashroyd Business Park and make an important contribution to the broader Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone."

 Pictured are: 

L-R Matthew Gladstone, Executive Director, Place; Cllr Tim Shepherd, Deputy Mayor; R. Dinesh, Joint Managing Director, TVS; Lynn Cooper, Programme Manager Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership; David Kernahan, CEO Universal Components and Robert Rusling, Ackroyd and Abbott on the business park site.

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