Spanish first steps for exporting play specialist
British School of Barcelona pupils looking forward to a new play area, like this recent install (top left). Work is underway to build the play equipment within a workshop at Newby Leisure Ltd, Humberston.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Dec 2017
OUTDOOR work couldn’t appeal less this week – unless you’re with Newby Leisure.
For the Humberston-based outdoor play specialist has embarked on a first international contract, providing a substantial new outdoor play area for The British School of Barcelona.
A team of six has headed out for a first phase three-week stint, one of the largest installations it has undertaken.
Directors Neil and Alastair Newby are delighted at securing the inaugural overseas venture, 17 years on from forming the company, proud of a strong manufacturing base and extensive natural product range that differentiates it from competitors.
Neil, pictured right, said: “The opportunity for Newby Leisure to work in Barcelona is fantastic. The initial enquiry came about from a school contact who we carried out a scheme of works for in Newcastle. When we were approached about the potential playground renovation at The British School of Barcelona, we jumped at the opportunity to submit plans.
“After a couple of meetings and a trip to visit the school, the teachers were so impressed by the playgrounds we have designed and installed in the UK, they came back to me very quickly to offer us the contract. We were so pleased.
“The opportunity in Barcelona is testament to the dedicated, hardworking team we now have in place at Newby Leisure.
We hope it brings more opportunities like this in the future. It really does show how far the business has come and how much our credible reputation is taking us further afield.
“Given the chance to design playgrounds abroad and the acquisition of new business units is a brilliant way to end the year. We’re already looking forward to new challenges in 2018.”
A team of 25 staff including sales, administration, installation and manufacturing, working across five business units, with further expansion plans on the table too for the Wilton Road Industrial Estate location. Many of the team have joined from Grimsby Institute as apprentices.
Alastair added: “I genuinely believe it’s the unique nature of our playgrounds that sets us apart. We’re always looking at ways to improve and make playtime more thought-provoking for children. Our style is very different in the sense that we offer modern, natural schemes with longevity.
“Children want to play in fun, natural environments and use their imaginations to explore in educational practices and activities, and that’s exactly what we offer.”
A slightly greater logistical challenge than regional and national works, Caistor Distribution was brought in to transport the equipment, while any Brexit concerns were shrugged off with belief in the quality of the products.