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Thetford announcement is latest good news story for Rotherham

posted 4 May 2011, 01:51 by RiDO Rotherham
The news that US owned engineering company Thetford is to create a new purpose-built manufacturing facility at Manvers is the latest in a series of good news stories for Rotherham.

Thetford is a leading supplier of mobile sanitation systems and absorption refrigerators, external service doors and cooking equipment. The move will relocate around 180 staff from current facilities in Sheffield to a new 83,000 SqFt industrial unit on the Brookfields development at Manvers in the Dearne Valley. 

The Thetford announcement comes just a month after Rolls Royce revealed that it was considering a site at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Waverley, Rotherham as the location for two new advanced manufacturing facilities. If the projects proceed it would see over 350 people employed initially, producing components to be used in the aerospace and power generation industries.  

It was also recently announced that two Rotherham-based businesses have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2011; the latest in a series of accolades that has seen the borough acclaimed by the UK’s leading organisations as the most enterprising place in the country.   

The annual Queen’s Awards are given for the "highest levels of excellence" demonstrated in categories including international trade, innovation and sustainable development. AES Engineering - trading as AESSEAL and Speciality Paperboard Containers Limited are amongst eleven Yorkshire businesses to receive the honour this year.

And that’s not all. In March Rotherham won an award for the best integrated incubation and enterprise services in the country, from UK Business Incubation (UKBI), the leading professional body on the development and support of business incubation environments that support high growth and technology centres.

Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO), the regeneration arm of Rotherham Council won the Incubation Champion Award for 2011; the second time that Rotherham has won the award in recent years, having previously held the title in 2005.

Key to Rotherham’s success was the recognition by UKBI, both of the Council’s commitment to providing incubation services through their business centres over the last ten years but also how an enterprise culture is being embedded across the borough, through an integrated package of support and activities.

Such support includes; the Rotherham Enterprise project which helps people considering self-employment or thinking of starting up their own businesses within their own communities; Rotherham Ready which inspires children about business as soon as they start school and Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE) which provides all the support young people need to make their business dreams a reality.

Tim O’Connell, business development manager at RiDO is pleased with the recognition that Rotherham is receiving, and says;

“The past few months have seen a number of important, high profile announcements for the Rotherham area and companies located here. It shows that Rotherham has a vibrant economy, from our youngsters who are learning about business in schools, through our growing new-start companies in the business centres, to companies such as AESSEAL who are competing, and succeeding, on a global stage.

“This vibrancy linked to the established benefits that the Rotherham area can provide businesses, such as great location, supply chain and cost effective property solutions, are reasons why companies such as Rolls Royce and Thetford are looking to establish operations in this area. They are also indications of how the local economy is starting to improve after the tough trading conditions in the past few years.”