Snow plough firm given £87k grant

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An Ilkeston truck company is ploughing ahead with its expansion plans to mark its tenth anniversary after securing an £87k grant.

AWL Trucks at Websters Industrial Estate in Hallam Fields Road currently specialises in buying and selling trucks, mainly road gritters and snow ploughs, across the UK and exporting to Romania,

Bulgaria, Georgia and Poland.

The cash has come from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Unlocking Investment for Growth scheme, which is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and European Regional Development Fund.

It will mean that the firm is able to create three new full- time jobs in marketing, valeting and sales.

The grant has also helped AWL Trucks to buy its 6,760 sq ft premises and machinery that will help boost profits.

Owner Aaron Webster said: “We have been steadily building up the business, particularly over the last four years, and we are now determined to go to the next level.”

He went on to say that the cash is the perfect way to celebrate ten years in business.

He added: “Our products are sold all over the world but we wanted to be able to diversify and manufacture some of the production aspect ourselves because there is the demand for this service.

“Buying our premises and machinery means we have been able to create a workshop and a spray booth for painting work so that we can maintain our growth and development because we didn’t want to move elsewhere.

“The size of the yard here means there is plenty of space to carry out the manufacturing and to showcase our vehicles to current and potential customers.

“The funding means that, along with extra investment from the company, we have already taken on three more staff and by the end of September, a further three full-time jobs will be created.”

The firm secured the grant with the help of Nottingham- based accountancy firm Baldwin’s.