Fylde business to create eight new jobs

A Fylde-based company that supplies candy, chocolate and wrapping machinery to confectionery manufacturers is to increase the size of its site and create eight new jobs, with support from a government grant.

LoyndsFamily-owned firm Loynds has been providing equipment and developing bespoke machines for businesses across 66 countries for over 25 years.

Recent growth has meant that the company needs to increase its staff level to meet demand and also increase the size of its premises to accommodate them. Loynds currently occupies a 7,000 sq ft building, but has outgrown it to the extent that it needs three times the space.

A 23,000 sq ft factory has been identified at Arkwright Court on Blackpool and Fylde Industrial Estate. The new site provides dedicated space for engineering, manufacturing, storage and a showroom.

Loynds was able to source an £85,000 grant from Regenerate Pennine Lancashire to contribute towards the full cost of the project. The grant was supported by the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Regenerate’s grant will contribute to the move, new equipment and the cost of machinery handling equipment to assist with the move.

John Loynds, managing director at Loynds, said: “Our family has a long history of producing confectionery and production equipment in Fylde and the move will help us continue to be competitive and create eight permanent jobs in the area. The grant from Regenerate has really helped speed up the process, it would have taken us longer to reach this point and opportunities could have been missed.” Hugh Roberts, deputy director at Regenerate said: “Regenerate can help eligible businesses access Regional Growth Fund supported grants between £5,000 and £1m. We’d encourage other businesses in Fylde with growth plans like Loynds to get in touch to see if we can support them.”