New jobs promised as booming Scunthorpe firm reveals expansion plan after increase in orders

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jul 2018

A booming Scunthorpe firm is looking to expand its business with the promise of much-needed jobs for the town.

Skymark International Limited wants to increase manufacturing and storage space on its seven-acre site on Mannaberg Way, following a recent increase in orders.

Planners at North Lincolnshire Council have been told the expansion could create 30 new jobs to add to the present 193 members of staff.

The undisclosed investment, if granted planning permission, will see two new buildings constructed at the site.

A design and access statement submitted with the plans says: "Due to a recent increase in orders, Skymark need more storage and manufacturing space.

"They therefore wish to erect a new storage building on the south-eastern edge of their site and a new manufacturing building at the north-east end. The latter will have a link section to the existing building.

"The buildings will be used in connection with their existing business of manufacturing plastic performance films."

The company, which was founded in 1987, has seen its workforce increase almost ten-fold since setting up business at its Scunthorpe site.

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The investment at the Skymark International factory aims to add to the 193 members of staff at the site

The statement said: "Skymark Performance Films are a healthy business with orders increasing year on year.

"They employ 193 people on this site and are now prepared to make further investments and hopefully make 30 more jobs from this proposal, as well as secure the jobs of the existing employees for the foreseeable future."

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The jobs boost comes at a time when unemployment in the town has risen above both the regional and UK averages.

In April and May the number of local people claiming out-of-work benefits went above 3,000 - the highest level in four years.

The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show there were 3,005 claimants in May, equating to 2.9 per cent of the working-age population and above the regional average of 2.5 per cent and national average of 2.2 per cent.

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