Teesside manufacturer sets sights on record year

Teesside manufacturer sets sights on record year

Middlesbrough-based ERW, which manufactures and installs bespoke timber windows and doors, confirmed it saw an 82% increase in sales in the first three months of 2018 and plans to continue the trend.

Managing director Lawrence Wall said: “We’ve had a really strong start to 2018, and we’ve put some ambitious growth plans in place for the year ahead to ensure this will continue.”

The family-run firm has also bolstered its team recently, recruiting 10 new employees including six new apprentices and a 33% increase on installation staff due to customer demand.

Additionally, the firm has seen an 88% rise in profits in Q1 2018.

Lawrence added: “The value of bespoke, high quality timber home improvement products is becoming more apparent to homeowners who want to invest in their most valued asset, and this is being seen in the number of orders we’re fulfilling”

The business has been established since 1979 and provides timber windows and doors to homes and businesses across the North of England.

Lawrence said: “We’re really excited to see what the next few years will bring at ERW. We’re a local, family run firm, producing high performance, factory-finished products from our workshop in Middlesbrough. We don’t employ subcontractors - we manufacture and install everything, which is really important for customers’ guarantees and their peace of mind.”

Earlier this year, ERW secured employment contracts for its team of apprentices, despite the news of training provider, Carillion, collapsing.

“We have a commitment to our team, including our young apprentices who are the next generation of ERW. We’re keen to invest in the younger generation with a view of them going into full time employment within the business once they have completed their qualifications.

“We realise as a business, where a lot of the expertise and crafts skills are among the older workforce, we must invest in the younger generation for the traditional trade’s like ours to continue to survive.

“Some of our team have been here for 20 plus years, so we’re a very close-knit unit. If you have the right team who believe in the business and have the same goal, anything is possible.”

Published: 29 May 2018

Article by Ellen McGann
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