Herefordshire trailer business expands following receipt of grant
The Hub News Team | 9.5.18
AW Trailers, a leading manufacturer of agricultural, commercial and industrial trailers which this year celebrates 25 years in business, has expanded its current manufacturing base in Madley, Herefordshire and created new jobs, after receiving a grant from Herefordshire Council.
The grant, worth almost £58,000, is part of the Marches Building Investment Grant (
Founded in 1993 in small rented premises with just three employees, AW Trailers has grown steadily over the years and moved to its current base in 2001. Two extensions followed as the business adapted to meet
"With over 25 years' experience, we've witnessed demand for much larger trailers increase steadily and with this has come increasingly complex design requirements. The agricultural sector, in particular, has gone through phenomenal change and the emergence of Anaerobic Digestion Plants has increased the demand for larger trailers.
"Five years ago, the average size of the trailer we manufactured had a 10/12 tonne carrying capacity, today it's closer to 14/16 tonne - the need for larger premises was therefore clear. We were, however, keen to remain in our existing facilities and simply expand them and receiving the Marches Building Investment Grant has made that possible."
Andrew and Donna were supported throughout the application process by Caroline Cattle, MBIG Programme Manager, who comments further on the impact the grant will have on their business:
"The team at AW Trailers have taken an agile approach to
The Marches Building Investment Grant totals £2.5m and is open to businesses across the entire Marches region from Herefordshire through to Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Councillor David Harlow who holds portfolio responsibility for economic growth across Herefordshire adds:
"It is fantastic to see a home-grown Herefordshire business not only grow and diversify to meet changing market
Speaking on behalf of the Marches LEP, Director Gill
Open to businesses trading with other businesses (B2B), the scheme awards grants of up to 45% of the total project costs (to a maximum £100,000) and are intended to cover conversion and alteration costs. They cannot be used towards purchasing property, equipment, or 'excessive' landscaping costs. Nor can they be made retrospectively.
Applicants to the Marches Building Investment Grant can be either owner-occupiers or tenants although
Residential property is exempt as are agricultural, horticultural, retail and hospitality buildings.
The scheme is expected to attract up to £3m in private sector investment in the region and lead to the creation of 130 jobs. It has been
Herefordshire Council is the accountable body for the scheme. Full details are available from Caroline Cattle and Alison Rogers on firstname.lastname@example.org by calling the Marches Growth Hub team on 0345 6000 727.