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of GRA's SUCCESS STORIES
Many of GRA's sucxces
stories over the last 20 years remain confidential and cannot be told
but here are a few to give the reader a flavour of our expertise ......
Just under £2m awarded to aerospace company
in West Midlands
An aerospace sector subsidiary of GE was recenyly awarded a grant of
just under £2M
through the involvement of GRA who drew
up a detailed application for
presentation to Advantage West Midlands, and then helped the company's
management teamm to negotiate the maximum grant to enable a project involving
a new manufacturing facility.
F-TEL win £1.95M through GRA in Birmingham
Birmingham Business Park based Fujitsu Telecommunications Eupope succeeded
in obtaining a grant of £1.98M to help implement their Broadband
Century 21 project as awarded by BT at this West Midlands location. F-Tel's
management team led by CEO, Andy Stevenson, expresed his delight with
the award which was won with the assistance
and advice of GRA - 'GRA
helped us make our case for support, and we were most satisfied with
their efforts', he said.
Ecolab Customer centre brings 55 jobs to Caerphilly
AMERICAN hygiene company Ecolab has announced the creation of 55 jobs
at a national customer service centre in Caerphilly (as reported in Western
Mail of Dec 13 2006) the centre will handle inquiries for its pest elimination
division and be based at Ecolab's existing offices at Caerphilly Business
The £750,000 expansion establishes Caerphilly as the British administrative
headquarters for all customer services operations. The search for staff
to fill the roles has begun, and will bring the number of employees to
more than 80.
GRA worked with
Ecolab Pest Elimination Division's UK team to prepare and negotiate their
case for grant and secure a substantial offer of Regional Selective
Assistance from the WAG. This has made the project possible at Caerphilly.
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Davies, Minister for
Enterprise at the Welsh Assembly Government, said a number of locations
outside Wales had been considered and support from the Assembly Government
had been pivotal in securing the investment. "Our support, coupled
with the dedication and commitment of the existing workforce, has enabled
the Caerphilly operation to expand, safeguarding existing jobs and creating
a range of well paid new jobs," he said.
Interbrew get £3.3M for bottling line
With the help of a £3.3M grant, Interbrew has announced it is
investing £11m in a new state-of-the-art bottling facility at Magor
near Newport. The new operation to produce bottles of Stella Artois,
will both create jobs when it becomes fully operational next summer,
and add to the £18.5m already invested in the plant, increasing
production by 25% by 2006, and creating up to 100 jobs in addition to
the 462 people already employed.
The new 4,350sq m bottling hall is being funded by £3.3m
in Regional Selective Assistance awarded by the Welsh Assembly Government.
GRA worked with
Interbrew to prepare and negotiate the succesful RSA grant application,
and which was fundamental to Magor's Management Team's efforts in getting
project approval from their Belgian Group Board of Management.
Iechyd da, Magor! says
Roger Davies - Here's to your success!
* £600K RSA for new wafer-fab manufacturing
- 183 Jobs in Oldham
* 200 Jobs for Wigan - £925K secures
successful future development
* £920K for Swiss company - 72 Jobs
for St Helens
* Grant for Diamond bit manufacturing in
* RSA of £330K establishes future Steel
subsidiary in St Helens
* Rockwell Inc subsidiary gets £1M
183 JOBS IN OLDHAM THROUGH GRA
Zetex plc is well ahead with plans to upgrade its wafer fabrication
plant at Oldham to allow the use of larger sized silicon wafers
as the result
of a £600K offer of Regional Selective Assistance negotiated
with the help of GRA.
The company will also invest further in its surface mount assembly
and test methodology, and seek to provide other innovative technologies
secure its future with planned development at Oldham through a total
plan costing more than £8.5 million, which will allow it to
both safeguard existing jobs and create future employment from within
The company designs and manufactures discrete analogue semi conductor
components, analogue linear integrated circuits, and electronic sensors.
It concentrates on the development of specialised products which often
combine high efficiency with small size, a major requirement, for example,
in portable applications. Products are sold around the world, and the
company also has a subsidiary production unit in former East Germany which
was an alternative site for the investment strategy.
Zetex is part of the quoted Telemetrix Group.
OVER 200 JOBS FOR WIGAN £925K
A major expansion is under way in the North West by AT Group of Wigan,
which will lead to the creation of over 200 new 'quality' jobs within
the next three years, including 183 in the Wigan area. Considerable
investment is intended, which together with an RSA grant of £925K
secured by the efforts of GRA now enables AT Group to continue with its
The project will allow AT to relocate to new headquarters now in preparation
at Lowton St Mary's, where it will consolidate all divisions of the company.
'Absolutely delighted' said Chairman, Alan Taylor, when GRA confirmed
the grant offer had been made, 'I'd recommend GRA to anyone.' 'We've come
a long way since 1984, and this RSA award will allow us to go much further
72 JOBS FOR ST HELENS
The offer of a grant of £920K for the
UK subsidiary of a Swiss multinational will lead to the establishment
of a brand new custom built manufacturing facility at St Helens, and the
creation of 72 jobs in the initial start up phase.
The company was in close competition with its sister Belgian company for
the Swiss main board investment decision, and the eventual impact of the
project for the UK business will be considerable as compared with the
market being supplied via Belgium imports.
Needless to say the UK directors are delighted with the efforts of GRA
in securing the grant offer, and particularly with their choice of location
which was originally suggested by GRA as worthy of detailed consideration.
The project will include some rationalisation of the existing UK manufacturing
base with St Helens becoming the central production unit. This could lead
eventually to further expansion and additional job creation.
DIAMOND BIT DRILL MANUFACTURING IN NORTH WALES
GeoGem Ltd now have an established future thanks to a 94K (UKP) grant
from the Welsh Office, secured with the assistance of GRA, to help fund
the purchase of their premises at Bodelwyddan, North Wales in addition
to new plant needed to expand production of high performance drilling
tools for the oil, mining, civil engineering and geothermal industries.
The company (then trading as Oreco Diamond Products Ltd) was bought out
of receivership in 1992 by members of the existing management team acting
together with the directors of Archway Engineering (UK) Ltd who had previously
been a large customer and agent for the company.
'Awareness of our commitment to long term investment in the company as
demonstrated by this project, has ensured the renewed confidence of the
workforce and the underwriting of our increasing overseas customer base',
says MD Anthony Arak. 'This has been a major factor in our growth since
our receipt of the grant offer, and we are grateful to the Welsh Office
for their help.'
GeoGem Ltd is the only UK manufacturer of diamond bits for the mining
and oil exploration industry - GRA will be pleased to pass on any enquiries.
RSA OF 330K (UKP) FOR STEEL GIANT SUBSIDIARY
Permanent acquisition of loaned plant and investment in new production
machinery has ensured the continuation and expansion of its UK manufacturing
base at Haydock Lane, St Helens by Hoogovens Aluminium Buildings Systems
Ltd with the help of an RSA grant of 330 (UKP) negotiated on behalf of
the company by GRA.
The Dutch owned Hoogovens Steel and Aluminium Manufacturing Group subsidiary
operates in the UK under the control of a German sister company, who actively
competed against the UK company for their main board investment decision.
'Thanks to DTI assistance' says General Manager, Bill Guest, 'We have
secured our position on Merseyside and can now continue to grow in the
Bill also wrote a letter to Roger Davies at GRA 'I do feel you have put
an inordinate amount of time and effort in the preparation of the case
for the DTI. but the end result speaks volumes and I would like to thank
you on behalf of my company for the efforts you have put in.'
There was also an invitation to a celebratory lunch which was very
enjoyable - "thanks Bill".
ROCKWELL SUBSIDIARY FINALLY GETS £1M
The final claim of 330 (UKP) on a grant offer of 1M (UKP) made in 1987
to ROR Rockwell Ltd the UK subsidiary of US multinational Rockwell International
has now been met in full by the Welsh Office. The grant of Regional Selective
Assistance was originally provided to modernise and expand the company's
(then known as Rubery Owen Rockwell Ltd) Llay plant in North Wales, where
the company manufacturers semi trailer running gear, as well as to safeguard
the 230 permanent jobs then existing. Progress to project end had been
twice delayed and the closing date date extended (with the permission
of the Welsh Office) for a variety of reasons including the company's
passage in 1992 into full ownership by Rockwell International.
GRA advised ROR on the claim preparation, and are pleased that their assistance
has been beneficial thus far. 'Rejoice' said Group Financial Director,
David Hinchliffe, in his letter to GRA passing the good news.
'We will, when the outcome of your proposals for future support on the
forthcoming projects is known' commented GRA's MD, Roger Davies, mindful
of the job yet in GRA's hands.
'Clearly however this receipt will now change ROR's funding requirements,
perhaps allowing a wider investment strategy to be considered in North
Wales with perhaps further expansion and additional job creation resulting.'
'Just what RSA is supposed to do - stimulate and sustain growth.'
GRA is happy to provide one-off, or on-going answers to the what
if questions posed when considering the funding of proposed investment
or other business expansion projects: CAN we get a grant? What FUNDING
sources are available? Am I eligible for grant aid? Initial advice is
No fees are incurred by initial enqiries where
these are by email in the first instance. GRA will give a considered and
useful response. Please give fullest information which will be treated
in strict commercial confidence.
GRA - The Team
- TEAM PLAYERS
With a long experience of solution finding
at Boardroom level right across British Business, the addition of more
than 20 years experience of the UK grant regime has complimented a
natural ability to bring an overall creativity to maintaining a successful
record of funding projects of all sizes to enable and facilitate strategic
approaches to investment within the grant eligible areas of the UK
by GRA' s disparate clients.
Area Applications Director
N West /
As well as taking a more senior role,
after some years with GRA covering the West Midlands, Roger
Wright continues to bring his most diligent approach
to bear to achieve the best successes possible
grant awards for those clients of GRA who
are seeking maximum GBI grants (or RSA in N Wales)to assist their investment
plans come to the best possible implementation and fruition.
Area Applications Director
West Midlands /N West /South
Ian Lowe brings to
bear many years experience of management and business
development in both Construction and all aspects of General Manufacturing
Industry with the prospect of fruitful results by way of the
successfully argued applications by GRA to attain large GBI grant
awards to help in the expansion of his personal GRA client portfolio.
Grant Application Preparation and Negotiation Team
Led by Roger Davies, and
with a background of direct involvement with BIS, local Regional
Development Agencies, (RDA's), and other Regional Government and Economic
Departments, the continuing success of GRA's Applications Team members
remain as the driving force and engine house within a back office function
and private and confidential area for the benefit of all GRA's clients.
Over 20 years of successful
grant applications at GRA
In over eighteen years, we have never lost
a case although from time to time we have been involved in some very
tough negotiations to ensure an outcome of recognition of our client's
case for grant support.
Of course, it has to be recognised that we do not take on a case unless
we feel confident that we can win on behalf of our client. It is this
aspect, that has underpinned GRA's continuing success story.