A School uniform company has made a smart move to new premises with the help of a £10,000 council grant.
Manufacturer and online retailer Perry Uniform has expanded its west Leeds operation with the help of the money from Leeds City Council’s business growth fund (BGF).
The company was bought out of administration by current owner Bernard Bunting.
It has since achieved a 31 per cent average growth per annum in each of the last three years, with orders expected to reach £3.5m in the next year.
Now, its 42-strong workforce has moved to new premises in Armley as the company bids to drive turnover towards £4.5m.
Managing director Bernard Bunting said: “In choosing the new premises it was essential to find a location that would allow us to retain key staff and skills that are difficult to replace.
“We’re committed to retaining and developing traditional skills, with 16-year-old apprentices learning their trade from experienced pattern cutters and machinists.
“The council’s support has been a great help in securing the investment, allowing us to continue to expand the business and create new jobs for local people.”
The grant will be used to expand and equip the new premises and create four new full-time jobs – two machinists, a financial controller and a customer services team leader.
A total of £110,000 has been invested in relocating to new premises and equipping the warehouse. It forms part of an investment package worth £810,000, supported by HSBC Bank in Leeds.
The BGF was set up to help small and medium sized companies that are investing for growth and creating new jobs.