Steel workforce is set to double

Darren Brown managing director at Yorkshire Stainless Specialist. Shay Lane, Halifax.

Darren Brown managing director at Yorkshire Stainless Specialist. Shay Lane, Halifax.

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A Yorkshire firm is set to double its workforce after a boom in business which bucked economic trends.

When local man Darren Brown started Yorkshire Stainless Specialist in 2008, there were only a handful of employees.

Just a few years later, business has boomed for the company despite the recession, and they now employ more than 30 people.

That number is set to double over the next three years, thanks to funding from the Leeds Enterprise Partnership.

Mr Brown, YSS Ltd’s founder and managing director, said: “We’ve made an investment of £1.5 million in property and machinery.

“The Enterprise funding will allow us to employ the staff we need to take us to the next step.”

The company are in the process of making job offers to the first round of new employees, and will gradually grow their ranks to 60 skilled and unskilled workers by 2018.

Part of the investment means the company will be moving part of their business from Dewsbury to Halifax, which will mean more jobs for the area at a time when manufacturing is suffering.

Debra Hayley, from YSS Ltd, said: “I think what carried us through the recession is that we reacted quickly and diversified to stay afloat.”

Not only will the company have more full-time workers, but they will also set up an in-house apprentice school to address a lack of skilled workers.

Four apprentices will be introduced to the company in March and more could be on the horizon.