Naylors goes green with LEP funding

A grant from Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is allowing a Barnsley manufacturer to become energy efficient.

From left, Edward Naylor, chief executive of Naylor Industries, Bridie Warner-Adsetts, chief operating officer, and Andrew Trippitt, financial director.

Naylor Industries has received £650,000 funding towards a £2.5m project to improve capacity and fuel efficiency at its Cawthorne factory.

The clay division of the firm’s drainage subsidiary will use the cash to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by introducing smart utility metering, in-house plastic reprocessing and energy-efficiency lighting.

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Finance director Andrew Trippitt said recent business improvements and growth have been threatened by capacity issues and rising energy costs.

‘This project will allow us to expand our international sales whilst allowing careful control of energy consumption,’ he said.

A new energy-efficient kiln and dryer will also be added to the site, which is expected to create around 30 jobs.

The grant is part of the Unlocking Business Investment programme from the LEP, which received £32m from central government.

Around £29m of the fund is allocated. The remaining £3m is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).