A FIRM supplying plumbers has created 23 jobs with the opening of a new branch in Huddersfield.
And there is also good news in Brighouse, where a nursery plans 30 new jobs in an area hit by major losses in recent weeks.
Watermark Plumbing Services has opened the premises in Lockwood after securing bank funding.
Watermark, launched in 2005 with a single branch at Malton, North Yorkshire, now has outlets at Broadfield Mills, Albert Street, as well as premises in Malton and York.
Watermark said the loan agreed with Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance would also help to fund its expansion across the Yorkshire region.
The company, which mainly supplies trade customers, is owned by founders Glenn Moxon, John Helliwell and Mick Dodson, who together have more than 70 years experience in the industry.
Mr Moxon said that the opening of the new Huddersfield premises would boost capacity and was expected to result in a 20% increase in profits this year.
He said: “Our new Huddersfield depot is already profitable and our ability to expand during a downturn is testament to the hard work of our 23 dedicated employees and the assistance of Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.
“We’ve always subscribed to the Yorkshire mentality that you should only spend what you can afford.
“I believe that what we have achieved during the difficult economic times puts us in an excellent position for the economic recovery.”
In Brighouse, the new nursery run by Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd, will soon be welcoming more than 140 children through its doors at Field House, Bradford Road.
Leading UK property consultant GVA Grimley secured the deal on the new 5,366 sq ft premises for the nursery at £10 per sq ft on a 10-year lease.
The nursery is set to open this Easter and will bring more than 30 new jobs to the town.
Charlotte Donald, managing director of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd, said the waiting list for places was already growing.
She said: “We established our first childcare provision – Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Childcare Ltd in May 2007.
“We didn’t have the option to expand at our current premises, so we made the decision to launch a second provision to keep up with demand.”
The new nursery will include indoor and outdoor play features as well as a woodland area complete with an outdoor classroom.
The jobs boost for Brighouse comes after 140 jobs were lost at UV Modular at Armytage Road in January, when the company went into receivership giving staff only a few hours notice.
And administrators are trying to save 120 jobs at Brighouse-based GF Group Ltd, which fits out shops and restaurants.