New jobs created at Barnsley engineering firm

Claytons sales and estimating director Lee Gennard, managing director Chris Bramall and finance director Daniel Waddington.
Claytons sales and estimating director Lee Gennard, managing director Chris Bramall and finance director Daniel Waddington.
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A Barnsley-based engineering company is launching the biggest recruitment drive in its 120 year history after winning a major utility contract.

Clayton Penistone Group specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and management of bespoke mechanical and electrical systems, mainly used in water treatment.

The company aims to increase its workforce by a fifth and appoint up to ten new jobs within the next 12 months. This follows its successful gain of a five year framework contract with Yorkshire Water, which it secured in collaboration with five other UK companies.

The deal represents the biggest contract Claytons has ever signed, and is potentially worth £5 million a year to the company. It is accompanied by several other five-year asset management contracts with Anglian Water and United Utilities, plus other power and utility providers and estate owners such as NHS Trusts.

Managing director Chris Bramall said: “We took a conscious decision to increase capacity and invest in growth just over five years ago. We knew we had the capability – the skills, the people and the land available here in Barnsley – and decided the time was right to push on and develop the potential of the business.”

Established in 1895 and currently employing 38 people, Clayton’s current expansion is the culmination of a business growth strategy which has seen it double turnover in the last ten years.

Its growth is being supported by Enterprising Barnsley, the business support and development arm of Barnsley Council. Clayton recently invested more than £500,000 in eco-friendly new premises at its Penistone premises.