A historic Derby firm specialising in bespoke joinery is set for future growth with a move to new premises. Support from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF) enabled Seamers Specialist Joinery to secure a 1.2-acre land purchase and 18,000 sqft factory development at Victory Park in Derby. The new manufacturing facility will help ensure the company continues to expand and create new jobs.

J Seamer & Son Ltd is a family joinery business established in 1875 by Mr John Seamer provide excellent customer service and an end product manufactured to the highest possible standard. The move has been instigated by MD Richard Latham who joined the company as an apprentice joiner in 1981. Richard is passionate about the company and four years ago he took full control of a business he believes is set to become one of the most prestigious bespoke joinery companies in the country.

Richard says

“The time was right for Seamers to expand, the DEGF grant and loan enabled us to complete a funding package that made the move a reality. The new premises will house a wide range of specialist equipment which will be operated by a highly skilled workforce. We are very excited about the impact the move will have on the company and our future prospects as a local employer.”

Derby City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration & the Economy, Councillor Martin Rawson, comments:

“Our funding scheme is one of the most successful of its type in the country. In this case, it has been able to help secure the future of a company with a long history in Derby. The Council has been delighted to use the Fund to stimulate employment opportunities for local people.”

DEGF is now entering a new phase with the distribution of £12 million of recycled loan funding. Applications are invited from businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and Derbyshire. Further funding is being sought to enable this fantastic scheme to be extended to more businesses in Derbyshire in the near future.

To find out more visit the Derby City Council website, call 01332 641628 or email.