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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/

Business Woman Swaps Smart Suits For Smartphone

After a successful career as a Sales Director, travelling the world and enjoying a healthy package, a desire to try new things and push her personal boundaries led Michelle Cowan to review her priorities.

Putting her passport to one side, Michelle took the opportunity to spend time with friends, family and associates before deciding what to do next.

It was during these conversations she recognised that there were three simple things stopping smaller organisations and start-ups from using social media for business; time, the cost of hiring an agency and creativity.

Eighteen months later, with a business partner and thanks to lots of hard work, Michelle launched My SMART App, a downloadable app that based on a user’s preferences can create, schedule and post content to Twitter and Facebook business pages.

Available from Google and Apple App Stores, the product uses content that is based on days of the week, awareness days, weeks, months and key UK events making it ideal for businesses that target a consumer facing audience.

Furthermore, the device allows the user to customise the pre-prepared posts, to add personality and use the correct tone of voice for the business, while also accepting unique content too, supporting smaller organisations as they build their brand and presence online.

Michelle comments: “If someone had told me two years ago that I would be running my own organisation and that it would solve a problem and meet with the challenges that are faced by other small businesses I would have thought they were crackers!

“As it stands, that’s exactly what has happened. I’ve had a lot of help along the way, not least from business support services such as AD:VENTURE, and can see that taking the time to attend workshops, sessions and networking has all been worth it. Knowing that we have a product that is available for download is really exciting!”

The My SMART App is available for download with a 60-day free trial and then a monthly cost of just £8.49. For further details please visit www.mysmartapp.co.uk