Roperhurst Limited, a specialist plastics and environmental engineering company based in Barry, has just taken on a further two personnel to add to its workforce of 19.

Francesca Ceriani joins Roperhurst as administrator and receptionist.  She has been actively seeking work since her former employer, a mortgage broker, went into liquidation last year.  She is being helped back to work by the Welsh Assembly’s ReAct programme, which provides training and financial support to companies recruiting those made redundant in the credit crunch.  Roperhurst MD Bob Lane congratulated Fran on her appointment, having beaten more than 100 applicants to the job.

Aidan McErlean has also joined Roperhurst as a senior engineer, having spent more than 10 years working in environmental engineering in the UK and the Far East.  Mr Lane said “Aidan has worked alongside Roperhurst on a number of occasions in recent years, which gave us the opportunity to see his skills first hand.  I’m delighted that he has agreed to join us, strengthening our site management and broadening our skills base.”

Mr Lane, who knows the importance of succession having been a trainee himself 30 years ago, said “Despite the current climate we have continued to forge excellent relationships with our customers, providing innovative plastic solutions including machine guards and other machined items, tanks, ductwork extraction solutions and architectural GRP.  Our ‘can-do’, flexible approach means that we are able to strengthen our workforce at a time when many businesses are reducing headcount.”

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