Recruitment firm’s cash boost from fund

The team at Sharples Davies

The team at Sharples Davies

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A recruitment firm is set to hire extra staff and move into new premises after a helping hand from the Lancashire Business Growth Fund.

Sharples Davies Limited has been awarded £50,410 towards the purchase of premises in St Thomas’s Road, Chorley.

It’s part of a project which will see the company spend £125,000 on purchasing the building, another £102,050 on renovation work and a further £25,000 on fitting out the premises.

The address is a Victorian build, four-bedroom detached residence that, for many years, has been used as offices for solicitors and, latterly, an addictions dependency charity.

The new building will be the new home for Sharples Davies Limited, Sharples Davies Executive and their Project 20 business.

The project, overseen by the company’s managing director, Jeffrey Sharples Hulme, will also create a further five jobs.

Jeffrey said: “The LBGF funding will allow faster growth and also the staff to develop Project 20. We will double our head count from six to 12; under the scheme we have made our first appointment and the second post: Data Developer, is currently being advertised.

“In our current location we have no additional desk space so as soon as the doors open at 22 St Thomas’s, the recruitment will continue.

“The ground floor is where we will develop the ‘Project 20’ spin-off businesses that will encourage micro-business generation under the Sharples Davies umbrella including CPDs, client product launches, employee development and assessment, employment life counselling, a bespoke meeting venue and a media centre for video production for live CVs and video interviews.”

The Regional Growth Fund-supported Lancashire Business Growth Fund is a programme offering capital investment grants and international trade support to businesses across the county.

The programme has been launched by the county’s two Chambers of Commerce – East Lancashire and North & Western Lancashire – in partnership with Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and is intended to create 600 new jobs and safeguard a further 200.