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Drakelow firm creates new jobs with £1.75m expansion

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

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A SOUTH Derbyshire firm is recruiting more workers as part of its £1.75 million expansion plan.

Two Twenty Ltd, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, specialises in manufacturing bespoke timber staircases and currently operates from a factory in Drakelow. It is planning to move to a new purpose-built factory in Foston this September.

This will pave the way for increased production and the recruitment of 20 new staff over the next three years.

Two Twenty sales manager Scott Peden explained that the company had grown steadily in recent years despite the 
recession and dip in the house 
building market.

“We supply bespoke staircases to the major builders’ merchants and provide a personal design service to their end customers that makes us successful in the industry.

“The house building market has dipped in recent years but there have still been around 122,000 new homes built in the UK every year.

“We have worked harder and looked further to ensure that we have increased our market share of this industry.

“This has enabled us to grow despite the recession and protect the jobs of our 27 staff – many of whom have worked with us since we started.”

The expansion programme has been supported by an £180,000 grant from Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF).

Mr Peden added: “With the help of the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund, we have brought forward our expansion plans which will more than double our production capacity and generate new jobs.”

Martin Rawson chairs the panel 
of industry and financial experts 
who consider applications for DEGF support.

He said: “Two Twenty is a perfect example of how businesses with a high quality, competitively priced product, backed by excellent customer service, can thrive despite tough market conditions.

“We wish them every success.”

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