A £60,000 grant from the Sheffield City Region is helping Doncaster company MIS Conversions expand as demand booms for its specialist fit-outs for vehicle fleets, creating jobs and providing work for its local supply chain.
The company, based at Kirk Sandall, expects to double turnover in three years, and create 20 new jobs plus apprenticeships. Currently 61% of the workforce live in Doncaster, and 38 of its regular suppliers have Doncaster postcodes.
MIS Conversions has used the Sheffield City Region grant to speed up the bespoke fitouts which range from quality ‘Vantage Systems’ – the company’s own brand of racking and storage – to more sophisticated electrical installations.
MIS Conversions also works on welfare vehicles – with a loo and refreshment facilities for roadside workers – installs features for managing hazardous materials, and converts light commercial vehicle chassis to dropside vans, tippers, Luton bodies, sloping ‘beaver tail’ vehicles, and car transporters. Additionally the business designs and provides a full fleet branding service from design to print and application.
The company recently won a large contract with Yorkshire Water, valued at £2million over three years, and has further contracts being put out to tender. Needing more space, it has expanded into the next-door unit on the Centrix Business Park and installed new machinery for fabrication and painting.
The Sheffield City Region’s business support service, the Growth Hub, has worked closely with MIS Conversions to help its expansion, and it has been given a £60,000 grant through the Business Investment Fund.
The funding is part of the £380million Sheffield City Region programme of investment which includes a contribution from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. This is part of the Government’s continued investment in the Northern Powerhouse.
David Grimes, Head of the Growth Hub, said: “It’s just great to see businesses like this flourishing and creating employment in the city region.
“Enterprise is at the heart of what we do in this region, and the Growth Hub supports and advises a wide range of fantastic entrepreneurs.”
Mark Warner, Managing Director of MIS Conversions, added: “We had a great service from Sheffield City Region, and that’s enabled us to really move ahead on our expansion and speeding up production. We were delighted with the help and insight provided by Henry Murch, the specialist business advisor, and can’t recommend this service highly enough.”
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Local Growth Fund
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