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Regional growth fund provides jobs boost for Manchester

An Altrincham-based company is to take on 300 new staff following an investment of £1.9 million from the Government’s regional Growth Fund.

The Cartwright Group, which builds trailers for brands including TNT, Royal Mail and Airbus, has invested a further £2.9 million in the family run firm and the new intake will include 30 new apprenticeships being taken on every year for the next three years.

In the north west, the first three rounds of the Regional Growth Fund have invested £378 million into 75 projects, pulling in £2.7 billion private investment, creating and safeguarding 85,000 jobs over 10 years.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who recently visited the 60-year-old-firm said: “What makes this company successful is that they believe in their staff – the lifeblood of the company - and commit to a continuous investment programme in training so it can grow and bring new people to help with the development of the business. This is what the Regional Growth Fund is all about.”

Steven Cartwright, joint managing director of Cartwright, explained how the fund was helping his company grow: “The Regional Growth Fund will help us with our plans to take the company to the next level, developing new products and services as well as creating new jobs in order to help us to maintain our position as the UK’s leading body and trailer manufacturer offering the widest range of product and related services in the industry.”

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