Month: November 2019

Bradford Company Celebrates Shed Load Of Orders

Bradford Company Celebrates Shed Load Of Orders

Tuesday 19th November 2019

A manufacturer in Bradford is producing shed loads of orders thanks to new state-of-the-art machinery.

Power Sheds, based on Euroway Trading Estate, was set up in April by entrepreneurs Jack Sutcliffe and Simon Hodson. In the first month they manufactured 15 sheds but are now producing up to 400 per month and still growing. The pair are aiming to triple the size of the company within the next year, including recruiting more staff.

Power Sheds has already started to develop partnerships with garden centres who are now selling their sheds around the UK.

The company has developed a pallet which forms the base of every shed it produces. The panels are flat-packed and delivered for customers to assemble themselves, meaning the time taken to manufacture each shed is significantly reduced.

Jack said: “I know from experience working in the industry that the average time from ordering a shed to delivery is four to five weeks, but we guarantee the customer will receive our sheds within three working days.”

The company has been able to speed up manufacturing thanks to a new automated saw, which cuts the timber to the correct length. The purchase of the saw has been supported by a £6000 grant from AD:VENTURE, a business support program for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The new equipment means that Power Sheds are now looking to expand into Europe.

“Having the new saw has streamlined the cutting process which has freed up people to do other things,” Jack added. “It’s made a massive difference to the way we operate because we are no longer restricted by our capacity.

“From a sales perspective we don’t expect it to be difficult to reach our target of tripling in size. It’s just being able to meet the demand which we have struggled with, so the new equipment is helping us in that respect.”

Steve Hartley, Strategic Director for Bradford Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see a local company identifying a gap in the market and enjoying huge growth as a result of that. “Bradford Council is delighted to be a partner in the AD:VENTURE programme. We understand the importance of supporting the growth of start-ups and Power Sheds is a great example of how valuable that support can be for our local businesses.”

Story taken from: https://www.businessupnorth.co.uk/

Leeds manufacturer moves into new factory to keep up with demand

Herida

A Leeds healthcare manufacturer has moved into a new factory twice the size to keep up with demand.

Herida Healthcare has relocated to a 30,000 sq ft unit in Morley as it grows its market and products, with plans for an official opening next week (Wednesday November 20th).

The company, which only started trading in 2016, manufactures specialist mattresses for the elderly and infirm to avoid pressure sores, and entered the moving and handling sector about 12 months ago.

Its foam and air-pump mattresses, and slings are sold to community equipment stores, NHS trusts and long-term care homes through a dealer network across the UK, with about 25 per cent of products exported, mainly to Australasia.

The factory move has already led to an extra six jobs, bringing the headcount to 42, with plans to increase that number significantly with the introduction of shift working within the next two or three years.

Founder Neil Smith said: “As many businesses are pulling out of manufacturing we are moving up. We know that by being agile and quick to respond to demand we have a competitive advantage and can be profitable.”

The rapid growth of the company is also down to support from the public sector said Neil, with advice and grants from organisations such as Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and AD:VENTURE, a business support programme for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

“The grants have helped us buy equipment and become more efficient in the manufacturing process and that can be the difference between a business thriving or not surviving at all,” said Neil.

Sarah Carling, Ad:Venture programme manager, said: “Herida Healthcare is a fantastic success story that shows that the public and private sectors really can work hand in hand to bring prosperity and jobs, and boost the local economy.”

Herida Healthcare moved just five miles to the new factory at Leeds 27 Industrial Estate, partly because the company wanted to keep as many as possible of its skilled workforce.

To coincide with the move Neil has passed over the reins to a new managing director, John Bentley, who joined the company just two months ago, bringing significant experience in the wound care sector with brands such as Smith & Nephew. Neil will stay on as chairman.

In addition, David Emmerson joins Herida Healthcare as the head of operations from Johnson & Johnson. The fourth director is co-founder John Kay.

John Bentley said: “It really is an exciting time to join, as this is a company on the up and up.

“The existing team has done a great job by bringing the business from conception, a little over three and a half years ago, to that of a very profitable, large-scale, British-manufacturing outfit, serving a global customer base. And the brand new factory means our long term prospects are excellent.”

The factory official opening is at 10am on Wednesday November 20 at the factory at Leeds 27 Industrial Estate in Morley.

BEF Helps Learning Mentor Make Her Mark

BEF Helps Learning Mentor Make Her Mark

Thursday 7th October 2019

Andrea Page helps young children find their inner mojo thanks to a Start Up loan from BEF.

Andrea Page is a learning mentor based in Leeds, West Yorkshire with a passion for helping young children across Yorkshire learn new skills essential to their success within the education system and the world at large.

“The world we live in is so challenging and different from when I was young, I see so many children struggling to come to terms with this environment” she says. “My biggest joy is knowing that I make a difference to a child’s life now and in the future.”

As a learning mentor, Andrea works with children aged 5-8 within primary schools as well as running independent classes. She uses a blend of child psychology, art, music, breathwork and stories to equip young children with the tools and strategies in which to express their emotions safely and effectively.

Like many start-up business owners, Andrea’s initial challenge was to acquire the finance to setup her business and complete the required accreditation to become an Inamojo™ facilitator.

Thanks to a £6,000 Start Up loan delivered by BEF in December 2018, Andrea setup her business, completed the required Inamojo™ accreditation and banked enough cashflow for the early months of trading.

Speaking of her experience with BEF, Andrea said: “The loan allowed me to bring my dream to fruition. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to start my business. Rupert Shires, my Start Up Loan Manager has been awesome. He took time to understand my project and then provided easy to understand and practical advice, not only about getting the loan but how best to survive the early stages of a new business.”

Rupert Shires, Start Up Loans Manager at BEF, said: “It was a pleasure to work with Andrea as Inamojo™ is an innovative and exciting programme that makes a demonstrable difference in the lives of young children. I wish Andrea every success as she works to impact the lives of young children.”

Andrea offers good advice to anyone dreaming of starting a business: “If you have a dream to make a difference in the world, there are organisations out there who will support you. You might think that you don’t have the experience or expertise to start your own business but there is support out there if you only go out and find it.”

For more information on the Inamojo™ wellbeing program visit http://inamojo.com/ or email Andrea at apagealt@gmail.com.

Story taken from: www.befund.org