Top Brass expands with new premises and new jobs

Top Brass expands with new premises and new jobs

A specialist furniture business is preparing to move into premises four times the size of its original base, following a period of rapid expansion.

Top Brass has built a multi-million pound turnover making furnishings for some of the UK’s biggest hotel chains, providing everything from blinds to beds to complete furnished rooms.

As well as relocating, the business is also set to double its workforce in response to its recent growth.

Director John Harrington, who is relocating to Hartlepool with his family from London where the business has a head office, explained Top Brass had outgrown its premises on Longhill Industrial Estate, and hopes the move will take it to a new level.

The business will move into its new 30,000sq ft premises on Oaksway Industrial Estate in September, a former cake factory, which is undergoing extensive redevelopment to house not only manufacturing capabilities but a design studio and office space.

Harrington said: “Or growth has been a real success story so far and has been aided by the decision to locate in Hartlepool where we find the myriad of skills and talents we need, but we are fully aware that if we stand still then we go backwards. We have some very talented people with us, and there is a need that we are constantly creative and inventive.

“Over the last or 15 years we have developed into commercial refurbishment, and 80 per cent of our work is for hotels and the commercial sector. We won our first major contract in 2012 with an international hotel chain, and it has grown from there.”

With backing from Hartlepool Borough Council and the Regional Growth Fund’s Let’s Grow initiative, the management team at Top Brass have invested heavily in both machinery and staff and have seen the order book flourish as a result.

Harrington added: “When we started off with just two of us, we relied on word of mouth to raise our profile. But then we won two £2m orders for beds with a big hotel chain, and that led to other contracts coming in from franchises.

“We can fit out refurbs or new build hotels from scratch. If you think about it the bed is the most important aspect for any hotel. You can have the facilities and the views and everything else that we all like in a hotel, but if someone has a poor night’s sleep because the bed isn’t right then they won’t go back.

“We pride ourselves on providing that quality, and everything else we do to furnish the rooms is of an equally high standard.”


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