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Paul MyersHull glass manufacturer KwikTuf one of 12 businesses to receive share of £2m growth fund creating 150 new jobs across region

MORE than 150 jobs could be created after 12 Humber businesses were awarded grants totalling £2.2m.

The money has been made available through Humber LEP's £30m Growing The Humber Regional Growth Fund (RGF) programme, designed to unlock projects that have the potential to create jobs.

The 12 grants, which have been awarded to businesses either side of the Humber, will help deliver projects costing more than £10m.
Dozens more projects will be going into contract over the next few months.

Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber LEP, said: "It is pleasing to see the 12 Growing The Humber projects under way, with dozens more in the pipeline, and we look forward to following the progress of these business growth projects.

"The progress of the scheme has been good because of the excellent partnership work in the region, not just with our accountable body partners North East Lincolnshire Council but all of the investment teams at our four local authorities, which has seen projects from across the region being successful in bidding."

Jobs will be created in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing and industrial services, with diverse job roles ranging from production engineers to welders and administration.

One of the companies to benefit from the grant is KwikTuf in Wincolmlee, Hull, which manufactures toughened glass.
It is using its £300,000 grant as part of a £1.5m investment to buy and renovate a 23,000sq ft building close to its existing factory, and to buy a state-of-the-art toughening plant.
The grant will also help the company grow beyond the current factory, which in turn will create at least 11 jobs, with the possibility of up to 15 jobs over the next three years.
Nigel Thomas, managing director of KwikTuf, said: "The additional investment enables our business to start the project earlier than anticipated, which has been vital in terms of retaining customers.

"Changes in legislation over the years have meant that the demand for safety glass is increasing year on year."

"By understanding these market trends and investing wisely in the right equipment, we have reaped the benefits of this increasing demand."

"This principle is the basis for KwikTuf's decision to invest further to position ourselves for future growth in turnover and staff".

"We're delighted with the progress the company has made so far."

As well as providing jobs and demonstrating a confidence to invest in the Humber, Growing The Humber also includes provisions to bring empty buildings back into use.

GlastonHULL DAILY MAIL
(October 2015)

New base opens window of opportunity for firm

Move helps glazing specialst to diversigfy. A Hull glass manufacturer has rapidly increased its turnover after buying a new factory. Kwiktuf was launched 10 years ago toy work on double glazing but the company quickly diversified into toughrned glass. It now employs 105 people after starting with an initial team of four and turns over £6.75 million a year. The company's operation steped up a gear when it spen £1.5 million on a Wincolmlee factory in 2013

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GlastonGLASTON
(February 2014)

Kwiktuf secures its future with Glaston FC500

Having experienced year on year growth since its start in 2005, Kwiktuf Lid in Hull, England is preparing itself for a major expansion project, which involves a £1.5m investement in new premesis and advanced Glaston FC500 tempering equipment. The aim of the business is to provide service and support to organizations with a need for a comprehensive range of glass products. Kwiktuf plans to achieve this with continued investment in the latest technology and the development of its products and staff.

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Glass TimesGLASS TIMES
(January 2011)

Kwiktuf prepares for further growth

Kwiktuf has made an impact thanks to a management team that combines solid glass industry skills
and a hightened level of customer service.

In the last five years Kwiktuf has built a significant buisiness supplying toughened glass (IG) units to the Yorkshire area.

The Hull-based company continues to grow this core business and is now looking to build a national profile for its glass processing and new laminating capability...
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Hull Daily MailTHIS IS HULL & EAST RIDING
(January 2011)

Exile to Main Street gives a chance to crack tough UK market

A HULL–BASED glass company which is proving to be a smash hit is expanding as a result of its success. KwikTuf in Fountain Street supplies toughened glass and insulating glass units to businesses and organisations across the region. Over the past five years the firm has experienced year–on–year growth. Now, in a bid to capitalise on its sparkling success, Kwiktuf is seeking to establish a national profile for its glass processing and new laminating capability.

A key part of the company's future plans has been the takeover of 12 Main Street, in Hull, which is situated opposite their current location. Michelle Saville, personnel manager, said: "A crucial factor in the rise of KwikTuf has been the company's ability to deliver on time....
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