Industry: Fork Lift Truck Hire
Key Team Members: Andrew Klinkenberg
Award winning Dinnington business PLP Lift Trucks who provide forklift trucks, access equipment and training increased turnover by 30 percent since receiving support from Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO) and the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub.
The business was seeking support to develop their operational processes and were searching for streams of funding to modernise their ICT systems. They were also experiencing significant uncertainty surrounding the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the need to implement changes to its data handling and ICT systems.
They met Andrew Klinkenberg, Key Account Manager for RiDO, after attending a supply chain event with McLaren Automotive. Andrew informed Laura Edson, Business Development Director of PLP, of the support on offer from the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project, which 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.
Laura explained “Once we met with Andrew, we were amazed at the amount of support available to us that we didn’t realise existed”.
After an initial business review, Andrew discussed support available for purchasing a new computer software system, replacing their current out of date system. He also outlined the benefits of installing LED lighting throughout the premises, amongst other areas. Andrew supported the applications for a Superfast South Yorkshire Innovation Voucher for the software system and the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund to support the changes to the factories lighting system.
Laura said “This is one of the biggest ways RiDO helped us. Our current system is not very user friendly. With the innovation voucher, we have had 50% of the new system funded. With their application approved for 50% of funding from the Innovation Voucher Scheme, we are now in the process of installing the software. The LED lighting equipment acquired, thanks to the Carbon Trust Green Business Fund, helped reduce electricity costs within the business and improve health and safety.
Andrew also referred the business to a number of Masterclasses on offer by the Enhancement Project, which were aimed at supporting the business to improve their future planning performance, financial skills and to discover more on the subject of GDPR.
Laura said “All three masterclasses I found incredibly useful for different reasons; for example, with GDPR, although it has been widely discussed, there was limited information actually available and a lot of confusion regarding the new legislation, whereas the masterclass made this topic clearer”.
In addition to this, company was introduced to the Get up to Speed with STEM event, a regional showcase of industry and careers fair for young people aspiring to work in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors. This helped market the business to these potential employees first hand, resulting in a number of applications from apprentice’s keen to work at the company.