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Lodge company plans £500,000 expansion and 50 new jobs

A Driffield-based manufacturer of energy efficient luxury lodges and modular buildings is set to create 50 new jobs in the town after securing a loan to increase its production.

SPT Systems creates bespoke holidays lodges and homes using its thermally efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs) from its base at Skerne Park on Skerne Road.

Established in 2019, the company now has over £127 million worth of orders in the pipeline, mainly from leisure parks seeking lodges with higher levels of insulation to meet revised building standards.

In order to meet this demand, SPT Systems has secured a loan for £500,000 which will see the company move into larger premises nearby.

This will enable the business to start a night shift and double its workforce from 50 to 100 in the year ahead.

SPT Systems specialises in SIPs which can be assembled to create anything from park homes to domestic and commercial properties. Its unique system prevents ‘cold bridging’, a break in the insulation, and offers high levels of airtightness, insulation and soundproofing.

SPT Systems was founded by Craig Carmichael, a former military engineer who also runs Kepi International, a contractor which has worked on construction and infrastructure projects in locations ranging from the UK to Afghanistan, Kenya and Iraq.

After researching different types of modular building techniques, he came across the Romanian company which originally developed the system.

He acquired the business and moved it to the UK where he put the system into production.

Craig said: “Lodges and park homes have traditionally been hard to heat and although new standards came into effect seven years ago, many manufacturers and park operators are still struggling to meet them.

“Our system not only exceeds the standards, but also performs better than even conventional ‘bricks and mortar’ buildings.

 “We believe there is huge scope to extend its use to domestic and commercial buildings.  Our modular system reduces building waste and cuts the time it takes to build a house from six to four weeks, providing the opportunity to create low-cost, more sustainable homes with lower running costs.”

The company secured its £500,000 loan from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Rebecca Pickering from Mercia said she was pleased to support a business that was helping to create new jobs.

She added: “Craig is an experienced businessman who spotted a gap in the market for a more energy-efficient, modular building system.

“SPT Systems has grown very quickly as a result of strong demand.

“The funding will enable it to move to new premises and provide additional working capital.

“We are pleased to support a business that is helping to generate new jobs and create more sustainable buildings.”

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