Winds of change help firm triple its turnover


THE winds of change have helped a thriving South Tyneside firm triple its turnover in just 12 months.

Complete Fabrication Services (CFS), which specialises in bespoke metal fabrication as well as general sheet metal work, has been boosted by the growth in the UK offshore wind market.

The company, based in Kings Court, Jarrow, aims to create 10 jobs with the order boost after seeing sales rocket from £1.1m in mid-2013 to an anticipated £3.5m return by the end of this year.

CFS says a large amount of its work supplies companies in the offshore wind sector.

It has won a £300,000 grant from the GROW:OffshoreWind programme to support its £1m investment in a new 10,000 sq ft factory, which will give it the necessary capacity to take on more work in the future.

Darren Carlisle, CFS managing director, said: “A significant amount of our work is bespoke and this suits companies supplying or working in the offshore wind sector.

“We are based over three units and need to bring it all together in one dedicated facility to increase our capacity and productivity. The good news is we’ve found the ideal location and are in discussions with view to making the move in September.”

Complete Fabrication Services, which employs 26 people, has received extensive support from MAS, the Manufacturing Advice Service, receiving strategic and financial assistance on managing growth and improving processes.

The latest help has seen manufacturing advisors Alan Whittaker and Chris Hylton work with the management team on preparing the application for funding from the GROW:OffshoreWind.

Darren, who bought the business nine years ago as a one-man operation, said: “The £300,000 grant is absolutely critical for us and is speeding up the relocation by at least six months.”

“Using experts like Alan and Chris made it a painless process and left us free to concentrate on important day-to-day activities that keep our business moving forward.”

He continued: “We’ll need to spend £1m to make the move and then ensure new machinery is installed and the factory layout is fit for purpose, offering us the most efficient production lines.

“When we are in the new place, we should be able to take care of anything from a small £50 bracket to projects such as the £450,000 order for frames that host remote operated vehicles for checking pipelines and underwater systems.”

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