Aircraft seating manufacturer hits new heights with LEP grant

The Mirus Aircraft Seating facility at Ironside Way in Hingham.

The Mirus Aircraft Seating facility at Ironside Way in Hingham. - Credit: Archant

An aircraft seating manufacturer is set to expand its workforce and invest in its factory after securing a grant of more than £360,000.

The grant from New Anglia LEP's (Local Enterprise Partnership's) Growing Business Fund comes after Mirus Aircraft Seating won a multi-million pound contract to manufacture tens of thousands of aircraft seats for an international airline.

The start-up was awarded £368,000 to create a state of the art manufacturing facility in Hingham which will result in 40 new jobs across a 24 month period, including production technicians, supply chain and administration staff.

Ben McGuire, chief operating officer of Mirus Aircraft Seating, said: 'The support from New Anglia LEP, and South Norfolk Council, was instrumental for getting the business off the ground.

'The LEP funding gave us credibility which helped to secure more investment to equip the factory.

'Coupled with a talented workforce which has the skills to work in the aviation industry this meant that we chose to locate the business in the East.'

The team are set to unveil their lightweight economy seat at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in 2016 with production beginning soon after.

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The start-up company, which currently employs 11 people, was founded in February this year and moved into premises at Ironside Way in May on the site previously occupied by the Caterham Technology and Innovation factory which closed in November 2014.

At the same time New Anglia LEP announced a grant of £67,000 had been awarded to Colour Marketing Services (CMS) in Ipswich to expand into a new factory, doubling floor space and creating seven new jobs including two apprenticeships.

Chris Starkie, managing director of New Anglia LEP said: 'The Growing Business Fund is helping to power growth for the best and brightest manufacturing businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk. Businesses that are injecting innovation into the way they work and setting themselves apart from the rest of the world. Colour Marketing Services and Mirus Aircraft Seating are two exemplar businesses - exporting to markets worldwide and demonstrating that we are at the forefront of international industries.'

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