Controlled environment specialist boosts business operations with new GM

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Jan 2019

A general manager has been appointed to help lead the onward development of sister companies Central Insulations Ltd and Lincs Doors Ltd.

Steve Brooks will be overseeing the day-to-day management of the businesses brought together by Paul Walmsley last year, freeing him up to deliver two major schemes nationally and work more strategically.

Mr Brooks has long-standing experience working as a director in SME businesses regionally, latterly in the electrical contracting and engineering manufacturing sectors.

Mr Walmsley said: “We have a couple of long term projects which I am heavily involved with, and have at least another 18 months to run. My forte is customer relationships and technical expertise in the industry, and we have got to a level where we recognised we need to have more depth and consistency of focus within the businesses going forward, as well as further input on new business development.

“We have been at a crossroads where we wanted to do something, now we are at a point where we have made the decision, appointed Steve as general manager, and with other appointments made over the past 18 months are crystalising our ongoing plan to develop the business further and keep growing from strength to strength. The works pipeline is looking really good, we have secured a sizeable project in the pharmaceutical industry and we are looking at further developments in that sector. This move will bring everything together and help us move the business forward more strategically.”

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As reported, Mr Walmsley acquired Lincs Doors in early in 2018. It was subsequently moved from Europarc to Riverside Industrial Park on the former Tioxide site off Moody Lane. “It is starting to settle down after the move, and we are getting things where we need them to be,” Mr Walmsley said of the business he had worked with for many years.

Mr Brooks brings further contracting and manufacturing experience to the businesses, with Central alone employing 29 staff and between 40 and 100 sub-contractors providing controlled environment construction to the food and pharmaceuticals industries.

He said: “Central is an ongoing success story. I have known Paul for some time and I have seen how he has built the business up over the past four or five years. It has a reputation for providing quality installations with many blue chip clients, is operating in a competitive sector and performing well.”

In 2016 Central moved to new premises neighbouring the original base on Humberston’s Wilton Road Industrial Estate, following up with two wins at the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards in 2017, with continued success in growth and development well recognised.

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