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Barnsley business grant helps bridge skills gap in logistics industry

Family-run business PFS Training has invested in expansion after helping more than 100 men and women to get HGV driving qualifications in the past year.

In response to its year-on-year growth the company has invested in a new training suite at its Penistone base with the help of a Rural Business Grant.

Directors Paul and Sarah Martin secured the grant through the Enterprising Barnsley programme, to cover half the cost of their new facility, complete with AV equipment and laptop workstations.

The Rural Business Grant is supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and the project is part-funded by the government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund  via its integrated Rural England Prosperity Fund.

Director Sarah said: “We’ve grown dramatically in recent years and helped more people than ever before to gain an HGV licence last year. On top of that, we secured our biggest ever training contract with the Department for Education.

“It’s brilliant that we now have more space and better facilities to deliver our HGV Skills Bootcamps and CPC courses; and to provide every individual with the learning support they need to pass their tests.”

PFS Training also gained grant support to invest in new business software systems which Sarah says has increased speed and efficiency in business admin ‘ten-fold’.

Paul, who has more than 30 years’ experience in driver training, worked alone until partner Sarah joined him in the business just two years ago. The company now employs a team of five and has two sub-contracted trainers; with plans to recruit a third full time trainer this year.

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