Case Study

Universal Components

Needed Help With
Find new premises and help with relocation. Provide Access To Finance support.
What We Did

With support from Enterprising Barnsley, Universal Components UK is moving to Barnsley and expanding its £30million business to 165,000 sq ft premises.

Enterprising Barnsley has been supporting Universal Components with their finance and relocation expansion plans. Their new Barnsley premises will become Universal’s new advanced logistics facility that will encompass the company’s head office, call centre and distribution warehouse. The property is being built by the developer Ackroyd and Abbott at Ashroyd Business Park, just off junction 36 of the M1 within the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone.

Universal Components are an international distributor of truck and commercial vehicle parts. They are moving from Sheffield and, as well as retaining its existing workforce, plan to create 80 new jobs in the near future.

Chief executive of Universal Components David Kernahan said: “Universal Components has grown significantly in the last ten years exceeding the capacity of our existing premises in Sheffield and our brand new Barnsley distribution centre will allow us continued growth and investment in a new staff training and development centre.”

Enterprising Barnsley’s inward investment team has supported Universal Components with accessing finance, identifying the most appropriate site and assisting with property development.

As part of the support from Enterprising Barnsley, Universal has gained support through Barnsley Council’s Property Investment Fund, a finance initiative set up as part of the authority’s Jobs and Business Plan, which focuses on creating jobs and developing a strong business base. The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has also supported the move with a £145,000 grant. Barnsley is situated in both Leeds and Sheffield City Regions.

Robert Rusling, of Ackroyd and Abbott said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Barnsley Council and Universal Components. This bespoke facility will further enhance Ashroyd Business Park and make an important contribution to the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone.”


“The highly proactive approach from Enterprising Barnsley was a fundamental part of why Universal Components wanted to build their new facility in this region. I found their helpful attitude, support and infrastructure created a fantastic environment to enable the desired end result. A great team and a great organisation“.

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