Barnsley-based Global Print Solutions, which was trading from the home of Director Paul Brook until four years ago, specialises in heat transfers for textiles – a cost-effective way of placing words and images onto garments, such as placing a sponsor on to a football strip. Its system allows the transfer to take place in just half an hour as opposed to the usual three hour process.
A move to a warehouse near Penistone, which coincided with co-director and co-owner Mel Revitt joining the business, saw the company increase its capacity and capability and marked the start of their meteoric rise.
The business soon realised that the 3,000sq foot premises were not sufficient to meet their growth aims so they worked with Enterprising Barnsley – their local business support service – to apply for funding to allow them to move to 11,000sq foot of space on Shortwood Business Park, Hoyland.
Working with a Key Account Manager, Global Print Solutions received expert information and support through the Enhancement Project which resulted in the successful application and the creation of nine jobs due to the increased capacity.
The support received by Global Print Solutions extended to helping the company apply for further funding to help with innovation after discovering an exciting way to mix transfers with wearable technology – a solution which could have thousands of applications.
The business has been so impressed with the help they have received so far that they will look for further support when they look to grow their exports.
Paul Brook, who hopes to employ a further five or six staff over the coming year, said: “The support we have received through our Key Account Manager has been key to our short and long-term success. Through the Enhancement Project, Enterprising Barnsley has supported us with every aspect of growth.”
The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project provides free, impartial business support to help small and medium sized businesses within the Sheffield City Region achieve their goals. Support on offer includes grant support towards consultancy projects, one-to-one business support and a number of Masterclasses.
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 Department for 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, business, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https:// www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding