Businesses in Brighouse are bringing more investment into the town as it continues to buck the national trend.
Brighouse-based international recruitment consultancy Transline Group has committed to a three-year, £250,000 investment to launch a training academy.
And The Calder pub, on Huddersfield Road, is about to undergo a major £250,000 refurbishment to transform and improve its facilities.
The training academy at Transline Group will offer a range of accredited training courses that will seek to pump fresh talent into the logistics and transport sector.
Paul Beasley, joint CEO at Transline Group, said: “Our training division has generated well trained and highly regarded staff for roles across the logistics sector for more than five years.
“The launch of the training academy will formalise our course structure and allow for further development of the division in response to growing demand from businesses to outsource this crucial provision.”
A range of courses will be offered to internal Transline staff, as well as the site acting as a resource to Transline’s blue chip, big brand client base.
The current course list includes first aid training, compliance, manual handling, LGV/HGV driving and speed awareness.
The training academy is accredited by the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance, Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Jon Taylor, joint CEO at Transline Group, said: “We are seeing a great number of people enter the academy with absolutely no experience in the sector and following our training securing not only stable employment, but also building a career for themselves.
“We have also had an exceptional response from clients who utilise the services of our training division, with many commenting on the development of individuals who attend the courses.”
Transline saw a 52 per cent increase in turnover compared to 2012, as its UK sales climbed to £107.9m in 2013.
The business was also recently named “Best Temporary Recruitment Agency” at The Recruiter Awards for Excellence 2014.
The Calder pub, part of the Stonegate pubs chain, will be closing on Sunday, November 9, for the major refurbishment project.
It will re-open on November 27 with a VIP party to mark the occasion.
The latest investment in Brighouse comes on the back of announcements of more jobs being created in the town and investment in industry last month.
Town and Local Care could be creating more than 100 new jobs after it won a contract with Calderdale Council to be the sole provider of all home-based social services within the Lower Valley.
The company has been providing home-care services since 1996 and said the contract with the council means new jobs will be created in Brighouse, Hipperholme, Rastrick, Elland, Northowram, and Shelf.
Brighouse-based architectural metalworking specialist Arkoni has also opened a new £250,000 workshop facility.
The 1,600 square metre workshop, opened by the Leeds City Region Enterprise partnership (LEP) Chairman Roger Marsh, incorporates hi-tec CNC (Computer Numerical Control) cutting machinery and a machining centre with LEP’s Business Growth Programme, supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.