GNG Foam Converters (Lancs) is targeting job creation and a broader product line after sanctioning a major investment at its Littleborough base.

The company — which has sales of around £10m and is wholly owned by the Needham family — is to invest around £700k refurbishing its 18,000sqft manufacturing plant, including buying new foam production machinery.

It hopes to increase the number of cut foam and fibre seating products it makes for UK furniture manufacturers and retailers as well as expanding production of memory foam mattress toppers and developing a range of mattresses. 40 jobs could be created.

Of the investment, around £170k is being provided by the Textiles Growth Programme, with the company tapping the funds after receiving guidance from the Rochdale Development Agency.

The firm hopes to grow staff numbers — which currently number around 120 — by around a third over the next three years.