Access platform specialists set their sights high with £45k business grant and new jobs

Normanton based company Horizon Platforms is investing in new facilities with the help of a £45,100 grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), alongside the creation of ten new jobs to meet increasing customer demand.

The brand-new roles were created as part of Horizon’s move to a world-class, purpose-built facility in Normanton, West Yorkshire. Their boosted workforce provides powered access platforms across the UK, including scissor lifts, cherry pickers and personnel lifts.

Industry experts are also on-board, offering accredited IPAF safety courses for working at height in a state-of-the-art training centre.

The LEP grant is available to small and medium-sized businesses to invest in capital expenditure for fit-out of premises, plant, machinery and equipment. All companies awarded a grant must, in turn, create permanent jobs in the city region. The grant can help businesses make their investments go further by up to 20 per cent. 

In Horizon’s case, the grant has helped fund the internal fit-out of the specialist build. As a result, the company is now expanding their workforce. Among the 10 jobs, two new Relationship Support Managers are enhancing Horizon’s customer service. These new positions are in addition to a further eight jobs created at the company’s Warrington depot. The growing team will support increased demand for Horizon’s powered access rental, sales and training service and acts as a single point of contact for customers. 

Ben Hirst, Managing Director of Horizon Platforms, said:

“Our business is always putting people first, so we were delighted that our relationship with the LEP has helped us to make improvements for customers and staff.

“It has not only helped give our employees outstanding facilities in which to work, but also allowed us to open our doors to those who want to start an exciting career with Horizon.

“It’s great news for our customers too as, with a bigger workforce, we’re always on hand with the right tool for the job.”

Chair of the LEP, Roger Marsh OBE said:

“Through working with Wakefield Growth Manager, Pat Coffey, Horizon Platforms have taken full advantage of the business support available via the LEP, resulting in more jobs for the Leeds City Region. 

“We keep track of the latest support initiatives and grants so business owners don’t have to.  Contact the LEP team to talk through what you could be eligible for.”  

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council said:

“I am delighted Horizon Platforms are continuing to invest in Wakefield.  I urge other companies who want to grow to get in touch with the LEP to find out what support I available.” 

If you woudl like to know about support available for you, please contact info@wakefeildfirst.com with your enquiry and we will pass your details on the the appropriate advisor.