James Briggs, one of the largest manufacturers of aerosols and consumer chemicals in Europe, has received £2.5m of Regional Growth funding through Greater Manchester Combined Authority to support its growth strategy.
The funding is part of a £5.5m investment plan to enhance IT systems, improve production automation, add new can printing and labelling technology, upgrade infrastructure and establish a new marketing and development centre.
The funding follows recent investments of £350,000 in a new chemical storage tank farm and a website upgrade following the management buy out of the business from ITW in June this year.
In addition, James Briggs has recently doubled capacity on a pilot production line as part of a major drive to increase volume output and competitiveness.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: “I heard about James Briggs’ ambitions and was impressed by what I was told. The Regional Growth Fund will help the business to expand and create valuable employment.”
Simon Tuley, financial director at James Briggs, added: “Our growth plans over the next three years will not only ensure job security for current employees but allow us to expand, creating up to 50 new jobs. The funding through GMCA is great news for both James Briggs and our local suppliers.”