Expansion sets the tone for quality installations

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Jun 2016

CONTROLLED environment specialist Central Insulations has more than doubled its footprint in North East Lincolnshire as it looks to further its involvement in the pharmaceutical industry.

A long-serving partner to some of the biggest corporate names in the food manufacture and retail sectors, the company is applying 30 years of experience to an allied industry that depends on clean and safe facilities.

Central recently purchased the neighbouring building in Wilton Road, Humberston, and after an extensive overhaul – allowing it to demonstrate some of its working capabilities – it added to the management team as it moved in.

Gary Maddison has returned to the business he left in 2012 as the head of the pharmaceutical division, with Carolyn Sutherland taking up a key procurement role.

Managing director Paul Walmsley said: "We want to demonstrate to customers and our potential clients exactly what we are capable of. We are a medium-sized business, we are working with some really serious blue chip companies."

What was the base of S&H Plant Hire has been completely transformed inside, maximising the use of natural light and creating a mix of open plan and enclosed office space, together with stores.

"We have never had so much work in terms of orders, and we have increased capacity and capability to take on the size and value of these projects," Mr Walmsley said.

A team of 60, a combination of directly employed and sub-contracted labour, now work nationwide, with the business recently completing the project management and installation of a six week, 12,000 sq m distribution site to serve central London, near Heathrow.

It has also secured planning permission to add to the warehousing at the rear.

"It helps us to meet a key element of our offer, in that we can respond quickly," Mr Walmsley said. "We carry a lot of stock and we have a good working relationship with most of the manufacturers, and all are quite helpful in assisting with he business needs and requirements."

Understandably too, the company has installed 80,000 sq m of insulated panels from two suppliers in the past year.

A Regional Growth Fund grant of £56,000 was secured to help with the expansion, with the team "really impressed" with the support offered by the local authority.

A new computer system has also been installed to help drive efficiencies as the business grows.

"The move gives us more freedom and more space, and the environment is a lot nicer," said Mr Walmsley. "I want it to be a place that people enjoy coming to, and it will also be one of the most energy efficient, due to the composite panels we have used."

Of the appointments, and the new direction, Mr Walmsley said: "We were getting asked to look at more work in the pharmaceutical area and there is a level of support and assistance customers in that sphere require to bring on line.

"I have asked Gary to head up the pharmaceutical division, to try and get Central Insulations to be selected as a preferred installer, as we are with food companies.

"By introducing the added value of dedicated project management we bring forward our ethos of getting into their business planning."

Of the procurement manager role, he said: "We have grown and we could foresee that we needed extra people in our central team to be more efficient. We want to be more efficient in the way we procure all the materials. Carolyn has come on board to be that dedicated person.

"It is someone office based all of the time, it will be good for clients, and will also help us watch our costs more as well.

"You can have 60 people out on various sites and the material demand can rocket. We are trying to act on this growth, which brings additional challenges, and this is a central role that can pull these elements together."

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