Manufacturing Group Pledges Future to Sheffield with £5m Redevelopment

16 June 2014

An engineering group that has been in Sheffield for more
than 150 years is pledging its future to the city with a £5m redevelopment.


Tinsley Bridge Group started in the 1850s manufacturing
vehicle suspension springs. It now makes anti-roll bars for truck producers including
Volvo and Renault, rolling stock parts for railways and suspension components
for military vehicles.


Plans to redevelop the group’s 14-acre Shepcote Lane base
have been given a boost by a Regional Growth Fund grant of £750,000 secured
with the help of Creative Sheffield.


The proposal is to move out of an old factory on the site,
which was built in 1959, to two new buildings, both covering 5,000 sq metres. Developers
have already started building the first one, which should be complete early
next year.


Managing director Mark Webber said: “This really is the
start of a new era for us. We have some exciting new contracts and products coming
on stream and we need to plan ahead.


“What makes it even more exciting is that our plans are
part of a renaissance for manufacturing across the UK and particularly here in
Sheffield. People are beginning to realise that manufacturing has a real future.”


Tinsley Bridge has a turnover of £16m and employs 180
people. The new contracts include supplying Network Rail with track infrastructure
equipment, as well as items from signalling to parts for stations, gantries and
rolling stock supplied to other rail customers. The new products coming on
stream include a brand new material for vehicle suspension components which can
cope with extreme weight, for example in heavy military vehicles, and an
articulated lorry trailer which is more space-efficient.


The plans are being supported by Creative Sheffield - a
partner in the South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme (SYSGEP).
Creative Sheffield is Sheffield City Council’s economic development function,
which is committed to boosting business growth in the city.


The South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme
(SYSGEP) is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the
Yorkshire and The Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13.


Steve Wainwright, sector growth manager for advanced engineering
and manufacturing for Creative Sheffield, said: “Tinsley Bridge has a proud
history here in Sheffield and symbolises all that is great about the city’s manufacturing
sector. It is fantastic to see them growing and investing in the city, and we
are delighted to have helped.”


As well as helping gain the Regional Growth Fund grant from
Sheffield City Region’s “Unlocking Business Investment” fund, Creative
Sheffield has helped Tinsley Bridge with rebranding, accessing research and
development grants, and accessing new markets.


Mark Webber said: “Creative Sheffield has been a catalyst
for us. They are really helping the manufacturing industry in the city and are
a major supporter of our plans going forward. The Regional Growth Fund grant
for example has given us the leverage to carry out this redevelopment.”