JC Metalworks

(l-r) Nick Oakland (JC Metalworks) and James Bosworth (MGP)

Loughborough manufacturer to create 20 jobs following sales boost

JC Metalworks has recorded a 24% rise in sales after diversifying into new markets.

JC Metalworks, which employs almost 100 people at its Bishop Meadow Road facility, has secured a string of new contracts after expanding into the retail and heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sectors.

Backed by support from the Manufacturing Growth Programme, the company has completed a strategic business review that identified the need for a more cohesive approach, a programme of upskilling across the workforce and the implementation of new lean manufacturing processes.

This has resulted in the £1m surge in business and is just the start as the firm plans to achieve £10m turnover by 2020, a £3.3m increase on its current £6.7m order book.

Nick Oakland, managing director, said: “There’s a lot of opportunities in retail POS and we are now pro-actively targeting those with very good effect.

“Our flexibility, manufacturing capabilities and ability to get involved in design makes us a natural fit and the recent new contracts underline this…these are technically demanding projects that need a strategic approach with the client.”

He added: “It’s all about building relationships and ensuring customers know our full range of expertise and how we can support them going forward. We are now up to £6.7m annual sales and want to increase this year-on-year between now and 2020.

“If we can hit the £10m as anticipated we’ll definitely need more staff; there could be as many as 20 new jobs.”

JC Metalworks has been working with the Manufacturing Growth Programme since the beginning of the programme in October last year.

Nick continued: “MGP was really easy to access and it has introduced us to some very good people. It has also opened our eyes to the other support that is out there and we are already embarking on some additional initiatives to support the development of our website and branding.

“I’d recommend other companies get involved. The grant, and more importantly the knowledge it brings, can make a major difference to your business.”