Water products maker excels with LEP cash

Water products maker excels with LEP cash
Cllr Mohammed Rafique with Excel Water MD Emma Armitage

Excel Water, the Leeds-based manufacturer and supplier of water products, has invested £220,000 in a relocation plans in a move supported by a £25,000 grant via the Leeds City Region LEP’s Growth Service.

Excel Water, which manufacturers, installs and services water filtration and purification systems for numerous sectors, has moved to new premises in Allerton Bywater.

Managing Director Emma Armitage and brother Darren Field took over running the family-owned business two years ago.

Supported by the LEP Growth Service, turnover has now reached over £1.1 million and the move is expected to open up opportunities for further investment and growth.

Grant support for relocation from Ledston Luck Enterprise Park to the new 1,250 sq ft premises at Kiln Park in Allerton Bywater has allowed the company’s offices, manufacturing and storage to be brought together under a single roof. A new testing and research facility has also been created.

The LEP Growth Service is delivered in Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds Beckett University. The service aims to link SME businesses to the wide range of support available through the LEP and other organisations, including grants to help invest in growth, create new jobs and prosperity for the region.

“The move to the new premises has enabled us to bring all our business under one roof and accelerate our plans for growth,” said Ms Armitage.

“The support we’ve had from the Council and the LEP has been fantastic and has really supported the growth of our business.”

Following the move, Excel Water’s team is set to expand with five new jobs in the pipeline.

Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council executive member for employment, enterprise and opportunity, said: “It’s great to be able to support innovative local businesses that are investing in growth and creating high quality employment, together with opportunities for young people.”