Cleveland LGV Training has expanded and created more new jobs for former SSI workers with over half a million pounds of investment in a new business venture.
The training company was launched by former SSI contractor, Dan Wilcox, and his son-in-law Matthew Switzer, last November with support from the SSI Task Force Businesses Advice Start Up Fund and has turned over nearly £2m in just nine months.
Following the success of Cleveland LGV Training, the duo has set up Cleveland LGV Transport working closely with Maritime transport limited.
The company intends to operate 11 wagons collecting and delivering goods across the UK for import and export.
The business has grown its workforce from two employees to 19, recruiting former SSI workers and contractors who have been trained by the parent company.
Dan Wilcox – pictured (above, left) with driver trainer manager Jim Glew – said: “Due to the success of Cleveland LGV Training we’ve been able to grow the business and diversify, I am committed to helping former colleagues back into employment and helping to grow the Tees Valley economy.
“The business support and funding I received from the Task Force was instrumental in the success of my business and I encourage any other ex-SSI employees with a business plan to seek help from the funding scheme.
Amanda Skelton, chair of the SSI Task Force and chief executive of Redcar and Cleveland Council, added: “I would like to congratulate Dan and Matthew on their growing success. They have seen a gap in the market and have had the vision and courage to pursue their dream.
“It is fantastic that so many former SSI workers are now benefitting from their success, both through the excellent training they deliver and the jobs they have created.”