Ebac lands Fenwick deal

Ebac lands Fenwick deal

A County Durham business which brought washing machine manufacturing back to the UK just over a year ago is continuing to go from strength to strength.

Ebac began manufacturing washing machines from its premises in Newton Aycliffe in November 2015 with the launch of its £7m washing machine production line.

Since then, the company has continued to grow, creating a further 30 jobs on top of its 200 strong workforce and securing a number of deals with retailers across the region.

Now, the company has received a further boost, after landing a deal to supply its washing machines to the Newcastle outlet of renowned department store Fenwick.

Graham Currie, group financial director at Ebac, said: “Since launching in autumn 2016, we have had a steady stream of orders for the washing machine.

“The feedback from consumers is that our product is good quality and does the job, plus people are more open to supporting British business and purchasing goods that are made in the UK.

“To ensure our customers get the best out of our product, we spend time with the retailers so they understand how the machines operate and they can pass this information on to their customers.

“We have chosen to work with local retailers as we can better assist them with queries as we are geographically closer.”

Ebac’s reshoring drive was supported by NatWest, which provided the finance required to help Ebac bring the work home.

Ross McEwan, CEO of NatWest, recently visited Ebac to see first-hand how the business operates and to celebrate British manufacturing.

Graham added: “NatWest has been central to this project from the onset and it is through their support we been able to open the manufacturing business.

“Their faith in us and our vision has played a vital role in helping us achieve our business ambitions, and we were delighted when Ross visited Ebac so we could show him how the bank has supported us.”

Graham Robinson, relationship director at NatWest, provides day to day business support for Ebac and said: “Ebac is a fantastic business that is focussed on developing a manufacturing business that supports the local economy.

“Graham and the management team are very clear on how they want to take the business forward, and we wish them every success for the future.”

The news has also been welcomed by Business Durham, the economic development company for County Durham which is commited to delivering a better environment for business and economic growth.

Simon Goon, managing director of Business Durham, said: “This is great news for Ebac, an already successful manufacturing business based in Durham, where a considerable number of manufacturers find it is a great place to do business. Hopefully this is the first of many good news stories for Ebac’s washing machine business.”