A leading engineering company based in Coventry has announced it is to create a host of new jobs in the city, after it was successful in obtaining European funding that will allow it to carry out its plans. Burnsall Engineering received a sum of £60,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) recently and it has already put the money to good use, investing in two brand new state-of-the-art machines that will be used at its headquarters in Binley, reports the Coventry Telegraph. The firm is known for specialising in the manufacturing of mould tools that are used to make rubber and plastic products, which are commonly created for use in the automotive and aerospace industries among others. Alan Bratby, general manager at Burnsall Engineering, said: "We are delighted to receive an ERDF grant. This has enabled us to bring forward developments and create new jobs that were part of our future growth strategy. Being able to make these changes now will benefit our customers and have a positive impact on our future profitability." The cash dished out to the engineering firm is just part of a £2.1 million fund obtained by Coventry City Council from the ERDF. It will use this money to help small and medium-sized businesses in the area over the coming months. In the short term, the roles currently filled at Burnsall will be safeguarded, while new engineering jobs will also be created. Many of the employees could be entrusted with operating the two new machines the company has used its windfall to buy. The engineering firm has a long and proud history in Coventry, having been set up in the city in 1954 and boasting a current workforce of 35 people. It has expanded over the years and now takes both domestic and international orders from a range of customers. One of the major benefits of the new machines is the fact they will allow the company to continue its operations through the night.
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