Established in 1994 as a general sheet metal fabricator Burnley based RGS Sheetmetal Limited has rapidly diversified into four very different sectors Pharmaceutical and Laboratory, Aviation, Rail and Signage and General Fabrication.

The company which employs 14 people also carry out sub-contracting work for bigger organisations involved in Government infrastructure projects. The company identified an opportunity to build market presence in the clean room but more especially the Aviation, Oil and Rail sectors. Sub-contracting clients also have the advantage of purchasing their out sourced goods. To meet these market opportunities the company needed to invest in a laser cutter equipped with a 2D attachment, the increased technological advantages should also drive an increase in sales across the business.
RGS were awarded through the Lancashire Business Growth Fund £46,000 representing 20% of the eligible project expenditure which totalled £320,000. The project took a month to complete, creating four new jobs with an additional two being up-skilled to use the new equipment.

Commenting on the grant business owner John Craig said:
“We are delighted at having been awarded the grant which has allowed us to purchase state of the art equipment 2 years ahead of schedule enabling us to maintain competitive advantage across our business and taken on 4 excellent employees as well”.

Future Growth Fund Opportunities for Lancashire
In anticipation of the Lancashire region applying for future grant/fund programmes, the Chamber of Commerce are keen to hear from companies about their future investment projects, whether short, medium or long term. In the first instance, please get in touch with Neal Barfoot at

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