Award-winning South Yorkshire-based platforms hire company, Eagle Platforms Ltd, is on track for further expansion in 2018 after receiving a £50,000 loan from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

This is the second time that UKSE has supported Eagle Platforms, having originally provided finance to the company shortly after it established in 2011.

From a standing start, it has grown to a near £2M turnover business, employing 20 people and last year moved to larger premises in Anston to deal with demand which continues to grow year on year.
The funding will be used to bolster the firm’s sales and client services departments at the new site.

The company’s progress was recognised as it was named the Fastest Growing Access Rental Hire Company 2017 by the International Powered Access Foundation (IPAF).

Speaking of the funding, Eagle Platforms Managing Director Jim Haigh, said: “Our longstanding relationship with UK Steel Enterprise has been central to our success to date, and we are already setting plans in motion for additional regional expansion over the next 24 months.

“The funds received will fund the expansion of our headquarters and allow us to develop a network of key professionals within the firm including client accounts and senior sales manager roles, in addition to our recently appointed Finance Director – ensuring we can meet the increasing demand from our clients and drive the business forward.”

Allan Wood, Regional Manager at UK Steel Enterprise, said: “Eagle Platforms, excellently led by Jim Haigh, has made great progress since our original involvement with the company back in 2011. Its performance to date is testament to the hard work and dedication of Jim and the company’s rapidly expanding team, and we are delighted to be investing once again in order to support further growth and job creation in the local area.”

UK Steel Enterprise also provides equity and loan finance up to £1M to established and growing companies. Established businesses in need of growth finance can contact the UK Steel Enterprise team on 0800 915 1188.

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