Regional offices to boost Blackrow growth plans
WORLD OUT THERE: Blackrow’s expansive Grimsby site, from where satellite offices are being planned to build on key regional locations across the UK.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jan 2018
NEW office locations strategically developed across the UK are part of bold new plans being brought forward by Blackrow Engineering as it looks to further build its customer base.
The Grimsby- headquartered firm wants to capitalise on the capability of the 150,000 sq ft of workshops on South Humberside Industrial Estate, having transformed what was the former KP factory into high-volume multi-discipline facility.
Sheet metal, fabrication, electrical engineering, machining and laser cutting disciplines are all in evidence, serving food, power, petrochemical and other process industries.
Chris Marfleet, sales director and co-owner, said: “We will be opening up regional offices. It is at strategy stage at the moment, and they will be sales locations. We have a big customer base, and we want to get it bigger.”
The team is looking at Glasgow, London and the Midlands, and it follows initial success with a Scottish-based project manager operating from his home city.
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It will be a first venture with bases outside of North East Lincolnshire.
Mr Marfleet said: “We are extremely busy. We have changed the organisation here. There is now a new project sales team headed by me, Tony Booker and Gary Pexman, and we are going through a new sales strategy. We have consultants in at present and we are also working on a new website.
“Going into January and February, we have strong orders. A lot of installation work is taking place in Scotland, Manchester and Leicester, and these are good sized projects with 12 to 18 men on each."
Blackrow is also playing a key role with a major retail bakery as it undergoes a significant restructure, with the movement of equipment and building of lines all in hand.
Work overseas in Italy and Finland is also highlighted.