A LOCAL business which has helped more than 100 people gain HGV driving qualifications over the past year has invested in expansion thanks to a rural business grant.

Premier Fleet Solutions, trading as PFS Training, has seen demand for its specialist driving lessons and courses double every year for the last three years.

The company has invested in a new training suite at its Penistone base in response to this growth.

Through the Rural Business Grant, delivered by Barnsley Council through the Enterprising Barnsley programme, the company’s new suite will allow them to expand on their business.

Directors Paul and Sarah Martin secured the grant to cover half the cost of their new facility.

Sarah said: “We’ve grown dramatically in recent years and helped more people than ever before to gain an HGV licence last year.

” On top of that, we secured our biggest ever training contract with the Department for Education.

“It’s brilliant that we now have more space and better facilities to deliver our HGV Skills Bootcamps and CPC courses - and to provide every individual with the learning support they need to pass their tests.”

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Business support advisor at Enterprising Barnsley, Paul Johnson, added: “Sarah and Paul have accelerated growth in their business over the last few years and, as a result of this investment, they now have the facilities, fleet and team in place to support further growth.

“We look forward to seeing them help many more people across the region gain the skills they need for employment in transport logistics sectors.”