Full steam ahead for model business

Railway modelling is a popular pastime enjoyed by millions of people all over the world and in 1982, Roger Loxley was one of them, a keen hobbyist making model live steam locomotives in his spare time.

While most enthusiasts’ passions are limited to recreating famous engines or imagining future journeys, Roger had a bigger vision – he decided to start building and selling locomotives – and Roundhouse Engineering was born.

Today, the successful Doncaster-based business employs 20 people and enjoys a global reputation for top-quality products, some of which have even featured on TV.

After Roundhouse was featured in the local press, Business Doncaster, a partner of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project, contacted the company to make them aware of the support they could offer.

The Enhancement Project offers a range of support aimed at high growth companies and is financed by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

“It was a very pleasant surprise to know what kinds of support we could access”, says current Roundhouse Engineering general manager Harri Harrison.

“I myself attended a GDPR Masterclass that has proven invaluable, helping us to update our privacy policy and ensure compliance while continuing to take orders from across the UK and Europe.”

In addition to the Masterclasses, Business Doncaster also offered social media support, health and safety advice and HR advice to improve both employees’ knowledge and business operations.

Roundhouse Engineering is excited for what the future will hold. And although the glory days of Britain’s steam railway may be a thing of the past, one thing is for sure. Railway modelling certainly isn’t.

The Enhancement Project provides businesses with intensive one-to-one support from a Key Account Manager and access to free Masterclasses delivered by private sector experts.

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project is receiving up to £2.7m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.