LEY Rubber Ltd is the latest
recipient of the Northwest Regional Development Agency’s (NWDA)
Grant for Business Investment (GBI), with £100,000 awarded to the
Established in 1956, Ley Rubber is a manufacturer and importer of
rubber products, hoses and corks for automotive, pharmaceutical and
The company has identified significant deficiencies in the factory
environment, recognising the need to relocate to a more modern
premise, invest in key manufacturing equipment and develop the
skills base of staff.
With increased investment and the purchase of modern equipment, Ley
Rubber will be able to compete against cheaper imported products and
increase turnover by a third over a three year period.
With 32 employees, the GBI assistance will enable Ley Rubber to
create 7 new full time roles and safeguard a further 7 jobs over a
12 month period.
GBI is part of ‘Solutions for Business’, the
Government's package of publicly funded business support designed to
help companies start and grow.
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive, NWDA said:- “The NWDA Grant
for Business Investment will secure the long term future of Ley
Rubber and enable this Merseyside company to compete alongside
European competitors. Without NWDA intervention, the company would
continue to operate in a less efficient manner and look at making
cost savings elsewhere, such as consolidating the workforce. Not
only will the project create new jobs, it will also safeguard
several positions, create apprenticeship roles and strengthen the
regional supply chain.”
Mark Wealleans, Director, Ley Rubber said:- “After fifty four
years of successful manufacturing from the dockside warehouse, it
was clear that we had taken the current site as far as we could.
Looking forward we were concerned that in fact we would now start to
see a slow decline in the company after years of growth, as new
customers were proving hard to impress and new technologies
impossible to accommodate. All of us at Ley Rubber are very excited
about our imminent move and the additional equipment, colleagues and
training that will go with it. It is a pivotal moment in the
company’s long history that quite simply would not have been
possible without the NWDA’s assistance. We are grateful to all at
the NWDA for their support and are determined to reward their faith
with continued success during these difficult times.”
The NWDA is playing a crucial role in response to the current
economic downturn, with a number of actions being taken to meet the
needs of businesses during these challenging times.
To keep updated on the range of support being offered by the NWDA
For further information on business support in England’s Northwest
Match Report -
Knowsley v Lonestar
Report with thanks to Dave Mercer
THE football match took place at
the very sunny McMaster Field, Georgetown, USA giving Knowsley a
fantastic start to their US tour, as they take part in the 2010
Team Lonestar found themselves up against the real Knowsley squad
who were a vast improvement on their last performance in New York
and a well marshalled defence saw the Lonestar attacks dealt with in
a strong and confident manner.
Knowsley started well and for the first 15 minutes kept possession
and passed the ball well without any problems from the Lonestar
team; using the wide pitch to their advantage and with good wing
play from Carl Peers and Anthony Dunleavy, Knowsley created many
chances and came close several times but could not gain an
advantage. Just before the break in the 37th minute, fine play from
Anthony Dunleavy saw him weave past the defenders into the box and
pass the ball to an un-marked Anthony Carr who fired the ball into
the net to give Knowsley the lead which they kept to half time
The second half carried on the same way with Knowsley again passing
the ball around neatly, coming close to scoring on a couple of
occasions and producing a good save from the Lonestar keeper.
Knowsley’s coach decided to make changes in the 67th minute as the
players tired in the 75 degree heat and this gave Knowsley new life
and it was in the 73rd minute that Knowsley scored a deserved 2nd
goal through Gary Williams’ headed goal. Knowsley were now in
control, playing some excellent football and, in the 78th minute,
Michael Massey showed a moment of brilliance on the edge of the box
and using superb technique stroked the ball passed the keeper and
into the top corner of the goal to secure a much better performance.
Another win has brought the lads closer together now which is good
preparation for the match against another Lonestar Soccer Team on
Thursday, 23 March 2010.
Final score = Knowsley 3 - 0 Lonestar
Ebonix Nights at
EASTER will be mad at Drakes Bar
in Southport.... The venue will be holding some very odd events, so
keep an eye out! One fantastic event will be on 2 April, 2010. Event
organiser, Matt told us:- "After the success of Ebonix
Nights at Drakes we are having a classic night. The night will have
DJs Fair Warning (The Specialist & DJ Lexel) plus a guest DJ. They
will be playing Old School Hiphop beats from artists such as Run DMC,
Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick, Grandmaster Flash and more."
To go to this event and get yourself warmed up for events like the
Southport Weekender go to Drakes Bar from 10pm on 2 April, 2010. A
door charge, on the night, is being taken of only £2! So head on
down and let your feet have some fun!!!