A successful Gainsborough firm is looking to expand by employing local workers and apprentices after an extremely positive year.
Hooton UK, on Corringham Road Industrial Estate, has bucked the national trend and increased its workforce by 30 per cent in the last year after securing a contract to export to Germany.
After an investment of £150,000, they’re searching for two more local tradesmen for new positions.
Hooton has been contracted by an international engineering specialist, European Spraydry Technologies LLP, to manufacture food grade stainless steel spray dryers to be exported to Germany.
Managing director Richard Marshall said: “This is a very prestigious project for us that could potentially double the size of our business.”
“It’s a real show of confidence in the quality of our work.”
Due to the increase of work, Mr Marshall is now looking to hire two more staff, including a supervisor.
He continued: “I’m searching for local talent, experience and quality tradesmen. As a local business we want to provide job opportunities for local people.”
Mr Marshall is also a keen supporter of helping local young people and has praised West Lindsey District Council for encouraging businesses to recruit apprentices through its Apprenticeships Work 4 You campaign.
As well as taking on its first apprentice last year, Hooton UK continues to offer work experience placements to students at Trent Valley Academy.
Mr Marshall said: “One of the young lads asked if we had any work, so we’ve been able to offer him a Saturday job.”
He went on: “As well as supporting apprenticeships I think it’s important to give young people work experience. They have to sweep up, they have to get used to operating under health and safety rules. All of that is really important for a 15-year-old to learn.”
“I can’t get them near the equipment but I think what he’s gaining is working experience and a bit of money in his pocket.”
Coun Malcolm Parish, chairman of the council’s prosperous communities committee, said: “I commend Mr Marshall and all the staff at Hooton UK for their forward-thinking attitude and commitment to local people of all ages – and to Gainsborough - and wish them every success.”