MORE than 100 new jobs are being created in Furness after bosses got special grants to recruit more workers.
The jobs range from engineering workers to safety assessors, caterers, house builders, internet staff, gift company workers and even solicitors’ staff.
Furness Enterprise, which administers the £2m Enterprise Fund Phase 2, said 103 jobs have been created since December, or will be created in the future.
The jobs have been created thanks to £476,500 in grants.
Hundreds more jobs will follow and the next applications for grants by local employers will be heard by a special panel next Friday (11).
The £2m was given to the Barrow and Peninsula Task Force by the government-funded Northwest Regional Development Agency.
It is to help the area create new jobs to make up for those lost at major employers such as the shipyard and at Glaxo in Ulverston.
The aim is to use the grants of up to £4,000 per job to create around 450 new jobs by 2011.
That is the same number created by the first round of the Enterprise Fund, making some 900 new jobs in total if all goes to plan.
The awards to local firms from Enterprise Fund 2 since December include: £105,000 to Marl International lights firm in Ulverston to develop its LED light technologies, £102,000 to power engineering firm Acrastyle of Ulverston to create 34 jobs, £80,000 to Us-owned IT-based table top gift company TAG to create up 20 jobs, £48,000 to safety assessors SOA Associates Ltd to create 16 jobs, £30,000 to Russell Gilmour to create 10 new jobs at his Inmet Insulation subsidiary firm in Park Road, £25,500 to create nine jobs at Forge Europa in Ulverston, £21,000 to help create seven jobs at a new Dalton building firm Ocean Construction, £20,000 to create six jobs at another new building firm in the same town, Dalton Construction Limited, £12,000 to Wildcat Marine Ltd which ferries offshore wind farm maintenance workers out of Barrow to create three jobs, £10,500 to renewable energy firm Genasys Power Systems Ltd in Barrow to create three jobs, £10,000 towards five new jobs at the internet-based travel firm Holiday Experts based in Ironworks Road, £12,000 towards eight new jobs at the newly refurbished The Olde Mill restaurant and function rooms at Bardsea, and a grant of £9,000 for two highly skilled jobs at Progression Solicitors in Ulverston.
Firms with less than 250 staff can apply via Furness Enterprise for discretionary help towards the cost of creating new jobs.
Highest grants are for the most skilled jobs but firms have to show why a grant is the clincher and the jobs have to be new.
Cash can’t be sought for merely replacing people who have left their jobs.The fund also offers 50 per cent grants for training that individuals need to be re-employable