A NORTH Yorkshire furniture maker has created five new jobs after making the biggest investment in its 44-year history.

Treske’s £200,000 investment in new machinery was bolstered by £40,000 contribution form the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership’s Let’s Grow Fund.

The Thirsk-based business used the funding for the purchase of a 5 Axis CNC Router, a new wood working tool that is set to “radically improve” production processes in terms of speed and quality.

The LEP’s Let’s Grow Fund contributed towards the investment, which was needed in response to Treske’s rapidly-increasing order book and demand for its bespoke products for the home.

Justin Bartlett, owner and managing director of Treske, said: “This is one of the biggest investments the company has made since it was formed 44 years ago in 1974.

“It reflects the growing demand for our products from across the UK and our confidence in the future, which is fuelled by the improving economic climate and the skills and commitment of our staff.

“It is fantastic that the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Let’s Grow fund has helped Treske to invest in new machinery and processes that gives our furniture and kitchen designers increasing and exciting options for bespoke designs for customers.

“The LEP support is very timely as we look to increase the numbers of customers who buy their quality furniture and kitchens from Treske.

“We have also increased our showrooms in our historic Victorian Maltings building, making Treske a great place to visit for people considering buying furniture and kitchens.”

The 5 Axis CNC router gives Treske additional capacity and the capability to make more complex designs, increasing the range of bespoke furniture and kitchen options for customers.

Mr Bartlett said: “It is now 44 years since John Gormley, the brother of sculptor Anthony Gormley, founded Treske.

“It is now time to move up through the gears and make Treske the epitome of a 21st century company, whilst maintaining our traditional values of service and craftsmanship. This investment in brand-new machinery, with the support of the LEP, is a resounding endorsement of the progress we have made recently.”