Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg dropped in at a Leeds bed firm that is dreaming big after securing a major government funding boost.
The Liberal Democrat leader visited Harrison Spinks, on Westland Road in Beeston, after announcing the company is to get more than £2million from the Regional Growth Fund to create 138 jobs and safeguard another 40.
Mr Clegg also visited Normanton-based storage box company Really Useful Products, which has secured £1million of RGF investment to create 175 jobs.
He said: “I want 2014 to be another great year for growth in Yorkshire.
“And the eyes of the world will be on us as the Grand Départ of the Tour de France takes place here, bringing millions of pounds of investment to help the region thrive.”
The £2.4billion RGF was set up by the Government in 2010 to support private companies outside London and the South East which want to expand.
Formed in 1840, Harrison Spinks was recognised in 2013 by the award of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise,
Added to £4.5million of private sector funding, the RGF cash will be used to develop an innovative recyclable spring for use in a range of furniture and other products.
Mr Clegg met workers at the company yesterday to see how the money would support its plans.
Managing director Simon Spinks said: “The RGF funding allows us to accelerate our research and development in high performance spring technology to be developed further for use in mattresses, upholstered furniture, cot mattresses, car seats, office chairs and even footwear.
“The RGF funds awarded will contribute towards the development of people and the innovation this will allow within the business.”
The Government says £310million has been awarded to 49 businesses in the Yorkshire region since 2010.