Wren Kitchens secures grant from North Lincolnshire Council
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Friday, August 16, 2013, 06:47
MANUFACTURER Wren Kitchens has secured a grant of £170,000 from North Lincolnshire Council to assist its relocation to the area.
Wren Kitchens is moving into the former Kimberly-Clark site in Barton
Wren Kitchens announced in the Telegraph last week that it would be moving into the former Kimberly-Clark site in Barton-Upon-Humber – creating 500 jobs in the process.
And North Lincolnshire Council has supported this move by providing a grant of £170,000, over one year, from its business regeneration budget.
Wren has also been offered up to £2 million of funding from the council for training and recruitment to create long-term employment.
This will provide a salary for six months for every person taken on who has been in long-term unemployment, is disabled or is a young worker who has been unemployed for more than six months.
The staff Wren take on have to be in permanent positions to qualify for this funding.
Councillor Rob Waltham, cabinet member for people at North Lincolnshire Council, said the grant would help bring new employment into the region.
He said: "This is all about creating jobs and securing jobs for the area.
"They have secured this grant to assist their relocation to the area and support Wren.
"We wanted to make sure we did not lose them."
Wren Kitchens and Bedrooms completed the acquisition of the former Kimberly-Clark site last week.
The site, based on Falkland Way, will become the company's headquarters.
The investment is understood to be worth £50 million and represents the largest single investment the company has made in the region.
The move will create 500 new jobs over the next five years, with the first 100 vacancies expected to be filled within six months.
Wren currently employs 1,200 people in the UK, 650 of whom are in the Humber region.
Kimberly-Clark closed the Barton factory in March with the loss of 572 jobs.
Mark Pullan, finance director for Wren Kitchens and Bedrooms, said: “We are really pleased with the support we have had from North Lincolnshire Council to date.
“Their offer of £170,000 for training and recruitment to create long-term employment is a forward thinking and much welcomed initiative and one that will help us greatly as we get the building operational.
“Also, we have been given the opportunity to claim back up to £2 million of the wages and training costs for staff who meet criteria laid out by the Local Authority and, again, initiatives such as this can only be good for the area and assist in attracting potential new employers to the region."