Council secures new business for South Kirkby Business Park

09/11/2017, PR8689

A manufacturer is opening a new base in South Kirkby Business Park, creating 50 new jobs in the area over the next eighteen months, thanks to Wakefield Council.

The Council has been working with VFS to expand into the district with a new factory, bringing with it new jobs and opportunities for the area.

VFS is a partner and supplier of bodywork to Ford, Vauxhall, Mercedes Benz, Renault, Nissan and Fiat. The Council helped the company secure a £275,000 Government grant and an additional £250,000 grant from the Leeds City Region to help bring them into the district.

The Council has also provided support to deliver a northern manufacturing facility to complement its existing operation in Southampton. In addition, The Council has worked with the VFS team to fill job vacancies with local residents.

Cllr Darren Byford at the VFS opening
Cllr Darren Byford (centre) at the VFS opening

Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to have secured another new company into South Kirkby Business Park. It will help bring significant investment into the district, and create around 100 employment opportunities over the next five years and hopefully help to accelerate further development in the area. We hope VFS will attract some other big brands to the area.”

John Hanlon, Managing Director at VFS said: “We are delighted to be officially opening VFS North. After searching for sites across the Leeds and Sheffield City Region we selected South Kirkby due to the excellent location and expansion opportunities available to us. We are very proud of our new manufacturing centre and thanks must go to our outstanding and dynamic team, the Council and our developers in getting this facility up at running in such a short period of time.

“I am delighted to say that we have recently secured a contract to manufacture Ford Commercial Vehicles and we already have Ford customers receiving their brand new Luton Vans manufactured in South Kirkby. The success at such an early stage means that we need to double our shifts teams and we are recruit yet more employees for the site.”

The Council created an Enterprise Zone for South Kirkby Business Park, to make it more attractive to investors to help accelerate development in the area. The new business will benefit from incentives as being part of the Enterprise Zone, such as discounted business rates and financial support to invest in large equipment and machinery.

For more information on the business investment and support initiatives available please visit
www.wakefieldfirst.com/funding or email info@wakefieldfirst.com

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