Cool grant for RDS could lead to 25 jobs

An £81,000 grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has paved the way for Nottinghamshire-based Refrigerated Delivery Services (RDS) to expand its frozen and chilled storage facilities, and plan to create 25 new jobs over 12 months.

The company, established over 20 years ago as a ‘one man and a van’ operation, now employs over 90 staff and boasts a fleet of 45 vehicles.When lucrative contracts had to be turned away due to a lack of refrigerated storage space, RDS bought a transport yard and warehousing at Shireoaks, Worksop Simon Herberts, operations manager at RDS, said: “We identified and bought the perfect site for expansion, and the grant we received from D2N2 enabled us to build a whole new chiller room and freezer.

“The increased space and capacity has made all the difference. Every morning deliveries are out on time, loaders at night can better manage goods in and out, and the efficiencies are phenomenal.”

The £81,000 grant was given through D2N2’s Unlocking Investment for Growth (UI4G) programme. It has been supported by the Regional Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. UI4G grant awards are given by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Investment Panel, chaired by Board member Peter Gadsby. The aim of the fund is to create long term sustainable jobs.Fourteen jobs have already been created across the business including drivers, loaders, yard staff and valets.

The firm is currently recruiting for a head mechanic and is looking to introduce a position to proactively develop sales in new sectors. It is anticipated that a further 11 jobs will be created over the next 12 months. Herberts added: “The grant has also helped us to free up our own money to invest in training. We’ve already upskilled five of our drivers to the next class of licence. It’s vital that we develop the team to meet the needs of the business in the future.”