One British manufacturer is exceeding predictions of growthby 300%.
Gilberts of Blackpool, the UK’s leader in air distribution solutions, has seen sales and turnover of its products grow by more than 10% in the past year, as the construction industry continues to recover from the recession. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicted UK economic growth of 2.7% in 2015.
“The growth is across all sectors of our operation,” says managing director Jonathan Haslam. “There seems to be some realisation of the benefits of buying British rather than imported products. The latter may appear to be cheaper, but our experience demonstrates people appreciate that by using a British manufacturer, they get better quality, better support and faster solutions for very little extra cost.
“We are in a fortunate position in that we design and manufacture all our products from scratch, so if customers need slight adjustments to a standard product – or even a bespoke solution – we have the in-house capability to deliver and can work in partnership with them to achieve the most efficient solution.”
The sales success has seen a reciprocal investment at the company’s 85,000 sq ft Blackpool headquarters. The design and fabrication facility has been expanded and a new air movement test centre has recently opened – the most advanced of its kind available in-house among natural ventilation suppliers.