£13,000 Government cash boost to supercharge productivity at specialist chemical company

09:19, Friday, 16th February 2024

A speciality chemicals and gas supplier in Elsham is the latest business to benefit from Government cash to accelerate growth.

Blended Products – which has a Europe-wide customer base – received a £13,000 cash injection to supercharge productivity.

The business is one of several dozen which have collectively invested more than £2.2m after being backed with £300,000 Government cash – creating and protecting more than 250 jobs locally.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Blended Products is a North Lincolnshire success story – a family-run business which has grown year-on-year to become experts in the chemical gas industry, serving brands across the globe from their base at Elsham Industrial Park.

“With the hard work of businesses like Blended, and millions of pounds of Government investment, we are powering North Lincolnshire’s economy, creating well-paid, sustainable jobs and building a prosperous future.”

The team at Blended used the cash to invest in a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP Software), revolutionising internal operations, increasing efficiency, and slashing costs.

Jayne Blenkin, financial director at Blended, said: “This grant has been a real game-changer for our business, enabling us to fast-track the implementation of the Enterprise Resource Planning software that is crucial to our continued growth.

“We would like to thank everyone involved in the delivery of this UKSPF funding for their commitment to developing skills and empowering organisations and driving growth within communities and businesses.”

Other North Lincolnshire businesses which have benefitted from UKSPF funding include Trent Refractories, Sentex Hydraulix and Harlequin Office Furniture.

They are just some of dozens which have invested the £2.2m after being backed with £300,000 Government cash from the £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund – which is part of the levelling up agenda and is designed to boost productivity and tackle inequality.

More than 250 jobs were created and protected thanks to the scheme run by North Lincolnshire Council.

The businesses invested in new machinery, IT equipment, software, marketing support to attract new clients and a raft of green technologies including solar panels, LED lights and new efficient heating systems.

For more information on accessing grants and the support available to your business, please visit the Invest in North Lincolnshire website.

Pictured from left to right are: Iain Davey, director of operations, Simon Barker, commercial director (both at Blended Products), Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Jayne Blenkin, financial director at Blended Products, and Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities – rural at North Lincolnshire Council.