Earthmoving and recycling equipment dealer Warwick Ward (machinery) Ltd have expanded their operations with the opening of a new ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
Located less than five miles away from their head office, the new site was officially opened by the Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor Sarah Tattersall, and is required to keep up with such positive overall business growth.
The Barnsley-based company was founded in 1970 by Mr Warwick Ward, growing into one of the largest stockists and suppliers of new and used earthmoving and recycling equipment and spare parts in Europe.
The new premises will provide a Centre of Excellence, which will house the company's bespoke training academy and develop future employees. The academy will provide opportunities for both apprentices and qualified plant fitters.
Matt Godhard, operations director, said: 'The opening of our new site, as our Centre of Excellence, takes us on the next step of our evolution.
'As part of this facility, we have our Training Academy, a dedicated area to help ensure that our team receive the best in industry training and development. It is a little bit of a cliché to say, 'our people are our greatest asset'. However, the business has gone from strength to strength over the last 50 years, which would not have been possible without the right team and culture.'
Cllr Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, commented: 'We are delighted to see Warwick Ward, a well-established company thriving in the borough, investing in a second premises in Barnsley.
'As a company, they show a real commitment to developing their staff and young people, providing great long-term job opportunities in the area. We wish them every success in their future growth, and I would encourage people who have the skills or an interest in developing their career to take a look at the opportunities available.'