A CHEQUE that has guaranteed factory jobs will be handed over today.

A year ago, prospects looked bleak for workers at the former Trellborg plant in Skelton, east Cleveland.

Now it has been given a £50,000 lifeline by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and the Tees Valley Development Company.

The plant is now owned by Industrie Ilpea Spa and the cheque will be received by director Nicola Rabuffo and general manager David Cadman.

The Skelton site manufactures rubber mouldings and seals for kitchen appliances and Ilpea has leased an additional 3,000sq ft unit from the council.

Mr Cadman said the council had been "a source of support and advice since the crisis arose 12 months ago".

Council leader Councillor David Walsh said: "This grant will go a long way towards employment opportunities existing in the area and demonstrates the council's commitment to creating jobs in the borough.''

Dave Wood, inward investment manager with Tees Valley Development Company, said: "It is great news for east Cleveland and a vote of confidence by a major European manufacturer in the future of the Tees Valley.''