Manufacturer's massive £8m expansion unveiled

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Jan 2019

Scunthorpe manufacturer Bradbury Group has unveiled an £8 million expansion, as it relocates to a new 135,000 sq ft production facility in the town.

The steel door and security solution provider has made the bold move to bring all its operations under one huge roof, having expanded significantly in recent years on Queensway Industrial Estate. 

The multi-award winning business, with a team of more than 200 headed by Tim Strawson, is now operating from the giant site on Foxhills, with the new premises offering the capacity to store 4,000 finished units - 10 times more than that on Dunlop Way.

The site was formerly an aerosol factory run by Colpol CCL. It closed in 2010 with the loss of 200 jobs after 21 years of production.

As part of the expansion, Bradbury - closing in on 30 years of manufacturing - has ploughed several million pounds into new state-of-the-art machinery to provide service levels it claims are unlike any other in the UK.

It is a huge leap from the story that began in 1991, when Mr Strawson bought a small grille manufacturing business in Bedfordshire for £3,000, relocating closer to his Grimsby-area home.

“This investment marks the start of a new journey for Bradbury Group,” Mr Strawson, said. “We are aiming high, with the aspiration to be the best and most trusted steel door manufacturer in the world. We’ve invested in infrastructure, machinery and our people, and we’re very proud to continue the company’s growth in our home town of Scunthorpe.

“With growth comes more employment opportunities, particularly for Scunthorpe. The decision to move to a new facility became a necessary investment as we simply outgrew our previous production facility. Since 2010, Bradbury Group has secured a fivefold increase in turnover, and we predict a continued growth of around 20 per cent per year.”

Tim Strawson and Paul Sweeting.

The huge lift in storage means it can accommodate and distribute larger orders more quickly and efficiently. Last year alone, the business produced 17,000 doorsets to clients throughout the UK, and with the capacity to produce around 100 doorsets on the new system in an average working day, higher levels of production can be achieved to satisfy increased demand.

It is making good on its regular listing in the annual London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain reports, and a 2016 EEF Future Manufacturing Award.

As a result of the investment in Atkinsons Way, first revealed in September 2017, Bradbury Group is also launching a new three-day express steel door service, called M2MGO, for customers requiring immediate, rapid solutions or replacement security doors.

Paul Sweeting, technical director at Bradbury Group, said the ability to adapt to new markets was playing an integral role in the growth.

“We have not only developed our product range, but have also invested heavily in automation and the purchasing of new machinery to make our manufacturing process as lean as possible,” he said. “We’re very grateful to our customers, partners and staff for their support and patience during the move to the new facility.”

As well as investing in the tools, Bradbury Group is also enhancing the staff facilities. The new base has introduced a canteen complete with cashless technology and optional salary deduction, extensive car parking, shower facilities and an in-house gym.

Continuing efforts to build at home and abroad are underlined too. Through the charitable initiative it set up, Youth Engineering Scunthorpe, it has now had 52 people complete the programme and enter full time roles, while a dedicated export team has been set up to further develop international markets. 

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