Grant will help create new jobs at A-SAFE

A-SAFE in Elland
A-SAFE in Elland

Halifax manufacturing company A-SAFE has secured a £60,000 grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

The grant, which will be invested in plant and machinery at the company’s headquarters in Elland, will be used to significantly increase capacity and product range, safeguard existing jobs and create a number of new roles.

A-SAFE, which invents and manufactures a world-leading range of protective barriers for industrial workplaces, has expanded rapidly in the last three years, growing between 40-70 per cent annually.

The company now has offices in seven countries and a worldwide workforce of over 150. A-SAFE won the Queens Award for International Trade in 2014.

Since moving to new premises in 2012, output at the facility has doubled, but global demand for their world-leading and cost saving barrier range means capacity will need to double again over the next two years to meet requirements.

A-SAFE Director, James Smith said: “With this grant we are pleased to be able to further invest in the future of A-SAFE and secure and create jobs in the process.

“At A-SAFE we pride ourselves on being an innovative company, with manufacturing at our heart, so along with the additions to our workforce, we are excited by the improvements in production and capacity that the new machinery will bring – especially in helping launch our new iFlex barrier range.”

Businesses in the region, or those looking to locate there, can apply for LEP funding for projects that will create jobs and contribute to growth. The funding programme is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. A-SAFE had previously been awarded £40,000 through the scheme.

Following the grant, A-SAFE will be hiring new personnel in various departments, including Research & Development, Logistics, IT Support and Operations.