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  • by Nicky Godding, Editor
  • 13 Apr, 2017

The phenomenal growth of Advanced Insulation proves that success is all in the chemistry

From Kazakhstan to Korea, clever chemistry developed and engineered by Gloucester-based Advanced Insulation is being applied to new products which are keeping oil and gas pipelines, ships and oilrigs protected from the heat, cold — and attack by sledgehammer (of which more later).

Nothing can stop a new business thriving if it hits the market at the right time, with the right products driven by decisive leadership, even during a global recession.  

The men who’ve steered Advanced Insulation from zero to superhero in less than ten years (annual turnover is now £58 million), are managing director Andrew Bennion and technical director, Simon Shepherd. Andrew and Simon met at Alderley Plc, another globally successful Gloucestershire company in the oil and gas sector headed up by Simon’s father Tony.  

I met Andrew at Advanced Insulation’s factory at Quedgeley, Gloucester to find out more about the man behind the business.  

Andrew graduated from Birmingham University as a chemical engineer. He took his first job at Monsanto’s Aspirin plant, North Wales so he could slalom canoe on the River Dee in his spare time. A move to the Laporte chemical company in Widnes saw him running several of the company’s sulphuric acid and effluent treatment plants. This sounds unenviable, but I clearly don’t appreciate the scientific achievements behind the processes. He also ran its power distribution plant and worked on processing edible oils and copier paper.

He moved to Alderley Plc and into general management. Here he completed an MBA at Henley Business School and became Alderley’s group finance director. In 2008 he and Simon completed a management buyout of the company subsidiary Alderley Materials and named the new company Advanced Insulation.

Investing to grow

The new company’s growth strategy was based on a commitment to research and development. “We’ve always invested around 10% of turnover in R&D,” explains Andrew. That’s a lot, and unusual for an industrial company where annual R&D investment usually averages around 2-3% of turnover.  

Advanced Insulation’s core products are based on phenolic chemical compounds. A breakthrough in the company’s development came through collaboration with multinational energy company Statoil. Advanced Insulation adapted its formula for application on subsea structures at the oil producer’s North Sea Kristin plant. This opened up a rich new seam of business.

New grades of phenolic products were developed to meet the increasingly technical demands of the oil and gas sectors. Advanced Insulation then developed a new range of industrial insulation and protection jackets for large and complicated-shaped equipment such as valves. These removable fire protection covers are as efficient as bonded insulation materials.  

Manufacturing across the globe

While the design and engineering of compounds and products is done largely at Advanced Insulation’s factory in Gloucester, the application of insulating material happens at the client’s site, and takes a great deal of skill.  

“We do a lot of training because every skilled engineer must perform at their best in front of the client,” explains Andrew.

The manufacture of fire protection covers is also best done close to the end user, so the company established a manufacturing facility in Dubai. The facility now has around 75 employees and Advanced Insulation has since opened jacket manufacturing facilities in Kazakhstan, Korea, Brazil and closer to home, Nottingham (which supplies the company’s North Sea business).

Technology drives oil and gas development

It’s no secret that the oil and gas industry is having a tough time, so can Advanced Insulation’s success continue? “We believe the oil and gas market will come back,” says Andrew.

“Traditionally we focussed on upstream oil and gas because there were so many opportunities. Now we are diversifying into other areas such as sustainable energy, where our technology can be adapted to fit.”

And don’t write off the oil and gas industry yet, he warns. “There is less capital expenditure in oil and gas at the moment but we’ve lived through a number of cycles, though this is the longest. As technology evolves, oil fields can be developed in more hostile environments. Many of these fields are operating in extreme temperatures: hotter or sub-zero, so our new product innovations are ideal.”

Advanced Insulation’s MS400 innovation has won many awards. Half the weight of other insulation products, it can be applied to the underdeck of an oilrig. “Weight is a massive issue on oilrigs and MS400 is much more robust than a standard system of fibrous insulation held on by a stainless steel shell,” says Andrew. “Our product is bonded using the same glue used on A380 wings.”

Advanced Insulation’s MS400 innovation was so radical that one client, not believing its properties, took a sledgehammer to it.

That didn’t work. He had to resort to a hammer and chisel on the bonded product before he could chip anything off.

Where there’s a need, there’s a solution

Advanced Insulation’s growth through innovation is complemented by strategic acquisitions. In 2014 the company acquired Plymouth-based Manuplas, which develops polymers for the marine, offshore, renewable and leisure markets.

The following year the company purchased Nottingham-based Covertherm to manufacture insulating jackets for use in the North Sea.

From £3 million turnover in 2009 to £58 million in 2017, what continues to motivate him? “I get huge satisfaction when a decision goes well. When I see our success, I see the individuals involved and how they’ve developed and taken ownership of projects.”

Andrew has an unshakeable belief that if his sales team can identify a need, Advanced Insulation can provide the solution. “We are best at adapting core chemistries to solve new and existing problems.”

Advanced Insulation is going to need a bigger awards cabinet. Added to its Queen’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade, it’s won many awards from respected engineering and manufacturing support organisations and was ranked 30th in the seventh annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200. Track 200 ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

Quick Facts on Advanced Insulation

Advanced Insulation is one of the region’s fastest growing companies. It designs and engineers insulation and fire protection products and systems. The company has worked primarily in the offshore oil and gas subsea sector, but is expanding fast into sectors such as marine and wind energy. Operating globally, the company has recently secured its first contract in China.

Established:                 2009

Head Office:               Gloucester

Group Revenue:         £58 million

Employees:                 430

4 Facts on Andrew Bennion

1.      Studied chemical engineering at university (little known fact: so did Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and Bob Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex)

2.      Former slalom canoeist. Now a cyclist

3.      Has competed in the world’s largest cycle race, the Argus Cycle Tour, in South Africa

4.      Has no excuse for being late for work. He lives 10 minutes away from Advanced Insulation HQ, Gloucester


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by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 16 Aug, 2017
In the run up to SGS College opening the doors at the Berkeley GREEN Campus to learners this September, Managing Director of
Kier Construction Central, Mark Pausey, visited the site, Tuesday 15 August, donating a defibrillator to the campus and taking a tour of the new facilities, along with SGS Group Chief Executive, Kevin Hamblin.

Kier, who are the main contractors on both SGS Berkeley GREEN and the University Technical College (UTC), started work at the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories site in October 2015, refurbishing a former Magnox engineering hall building. Now named the John Huggett Engineering Hall, the facility will provide workshops, project spaces and offices for engineering learners.

In 2016, work commenced on the demolition of an adjacent building and the construction of a brand new £12m, 6,000m2 University Technical College (UTC), which will provide specialist education to learners aged 14-18 in digital technology, cyber security and advanced engineering.

The redeveloped site will offer some of the best training facilities in the country for the Built Environment, Welding, Engineering and Digital Technologies. The Campus, which came in response to the region’s growth in engineering and nuclear, will deliver full and part- time training to learners from the age of 14 upwards including apprenticeships, adult re-training programmes and degree level learning.

The redevelopment also brings new business opportunities to the area, offering 300,000ft2 of commercial floor space consisting of office premises, workshops, laboratories, conference rooms and more.

Leading property, residential, construction and services group Kier, locally based in Gloucester, is an ‘employer of the future’ partner to SGS Berkeley Green and has been actively engaged with students during construction works. A summer project invited students to have their say on the future of their campus by conceptualizing their new breakout area, exploring connections with the built environment and challenging them to build upon their presentation skills in a Dragons Den themed judging forum. A summer work placement programme elevated nine students understanding of the construction world through short practical challenges complimented by interactive learning sessions.

Speaking of the proactive engagement with students of Berkeley GREEN, Assistant Principal of the UTC, Andrew Keenan said: “Not only have Kier built a fantastic state of the art building for the UTC, they have also supported throughout our recruitment of students. They have agreed to maintain an ongoing relationship to help develop our future graduates who are looking to progress into Design and Civil Engineering. The support already given by Kier on open days, information sessions, work experience and UTC tours is a fantastic example of how employers and UTCs can work together to make learning relevant to young people’s future careers. We are looking forward to continuing this relationship with a company who are so obviously invested in giving young people the best start possible.”

Commenting on the development at Berkeley GREEN, Mark said: “These are fantastic modern facilities for students and the local community. The Kier team has established excellent relationships with SGS Berkeley Green which we hope will progress further with future work on the site and with our involvement as employer of the future”

Speaking about the new campus, Kevin said: “This brand new, state of the art facility, is part of a £12m investment in education in Gloucestershire, which Kier have completed one week early and under budget. The College is really looking forward to seeing its learners take advantage of these new facilities this September.”

To find out about Berkeley GREEN Campus facilities, opportunities and open events, the first of which takes place Saturday 30th September, visit:
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 11 Aug, 2017
Tigerfish a website design and development agency based in Cheltenham joins as part of the Finnick Group collective.
In today’s age, websites are rapidly becoming the principal starting point for online marketing. The implications are that there is a growing importance to make sure that your business has a solid website built to ensure a secure foundation for further development.
Tigerfish work with businesses to specifically meet a company’s business objectives when building websites. Support will continue once the website is built – assistance can be given about promoting your website and helping to monitor and gauge your success.
The world of websites can be a daunting and perplexing place, this is why Tigerfish value customer relationships. They understand that investing in a website can be overwhelming, especially when you have little understanding and knowledge of website development. To supplement this, Tigerfish can provide training, on-site at its Cheltenham office, so you are able to get the most out of your online activities. This means that, if you wish, you can take control of your website and there will be no need to contact Tigerfish to make updates, as you will have the power and knowledge to control your own content.
“Joining Finnick Group has allowed the team to not only offer clients our excellent bespoke services but we can also put clients in touch with the rest of the group to offer full marketing solutions. The friendly, helpful staff of Finnick Group have made Tom and myself feel right at home from the get go and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
  Peter Brazier, Front End Developer, Tigerfish
Tigerfish will lay the foundations for your solid, responsive web site. The friendly Tigerfish team will then work with you to make it work across all platforms. These platforms may include newsletter creation, copy, photography and videos. Tigerfish can help you harness as much traffic to your site as possible, enticing your audience to engage, either with a sign up, a landing page offer, product purchase, or any other call to action. All of these activities contribute to improving your Search Engine Ranking as part of the SEO programme Tigerfish offer.
Areas Tigerfish actively work with clients:
  •   Responsive and Platform focussed websites
  •   SEO: Search engine optimisation
  •   PPC marketing consultancy
  •   Email marketing
  •   E-commerce and payment systems
  •   Content creation and e-Newsletters
  •   Photography and image manipulation
  •   Video and video editing
  •   Fully Content Managed Solutions
  •   Fast and Secure website hosting
Finnick Group can now offer you a dedicated and responsive team of design and print professionals that work in partnership to offer a first-rate, in-house solution to all your marketing needs. Our collective of four companies means that we can manage jobs with complete control throughout.
Typecraft have rapidly become one of the leaders in print over the past 25 years and are renowned for delivering high quality print solutions with a fast turnaround. Supplementing this, Finnick Solutions provide printers and photocopiers to businesses and professionals locally and nationally.
Our creative hub of top notch designers and wordsmiths at Finnick Creative combined with our website wizards at Tigerfish allow us to make your projects work effortlessly across all platforms.
If you think your company could benefit from the services that Tigerfish offer, feel free to contact our developers Pete or Tom. Call them on: 01242 507550 or email:
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 10 Aug, 2017
A massive round of applause for Gloucestershire marketing and advertising agency The Isaac Partnership which has secured the contract to design the branding and website for a game-changing NASA and MIT mission.

Proof, if proof were needed, that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, or Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, if you’re brilliant at what you do, then the world is your oyster.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission is a two-year project developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to discover exoplanets (planets beyond our solar system). The mission is being led by Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at MIT, Massachusetts.

MIT is one of the world’s most prestigious universities renowned for its work advancing knowledge, particularly in the areas of science and technology.

Chris Isaac, Creative Director at Isaac Partnership, is delighted with securing the larger project after a successful working relationship with MIT earlier this year:

“Our strong science and engineering background means that MIT are confident that they can hand us the information and we can present it in a way in which they are happy. We have had three of our design team working on branding and website concepts in order to meet the tight deadline set by the team at MIT. I think our work will really portray the ambitious work that this mission is working towards.”

TESS is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in June 2018 for the two-year mission. The satellite will be launched using the SpaceX re-landing Falcon 9 rocket and will discover thousands of planets during it’s time in orbit

The website will clearly present the mission through its various stages, from launch to its findings. Chris explains: “It’s a platform that the science team can use to present their data and a share it with the world. We want to create a website this incredible mission deserves.”
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
A cutting-edge Coventry company has created a new, world-first form of plastic that could revolutionise the way limb conditions and injuries are treated.

Torc2 Ltd, based at the Bilton Industrial Estate, has protected the Intellectual Property (IP) on the material as well as a new process method using their flexible, durable compound that can be re-shaped at temperatures safe for patients.

Gary Blundell and Ron Taylor, who are part of the team that runs the firm, have a background in engineering and plastics and originally developed the new material as a potential replacement for Plaster of Paris casts.

But after seeking opinion from the medical profession including surgeons at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, the pair turned their attention to devices such as splints and supports for the treatment of Cerebral Palsy, Talipes (club foot), Hip Dysplasia, Idiopathic Toe Walking and liners that can be reshaped for lower limb prosthetics.

The company has also sought help from the CWLEP Growth Hub to assist in raising finance for its product development as well as the manufacturing process behind it.

That has led to a grant from Coventry City Council under the Coventry & Warwickshire Innovation Programme – part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund – which is supporting SMEs in the region to develop innovative products or services involving emerging technology.

Torc2 is the first SME to be awarded a grant through the programme.

Gary said: “The key property of our torc material is the fact it can be softened at low temperatures. It can be reshaped directly on the patient at around 55 degrees and, therefore, the types of products we are looking at can be altered to exactly fit the patient very quickly, easily and without waste.

“When we talked to orthopaedic experts in the field, they liked the concept around Plaster of Paris but said it wasn’t an area of particular concern. Instead they recommended that we look into other applications that could provide both cost-savings for the NHS and a far better patient experience.

“There is a whole range of supports and splints required for a number of conditions, many of which have to be changed and altered regularly – the properties within torc material allows that to happen very quickly and easily.

“In some cases, Spica casts being a typical example, it can cut out the need for extra trips to the operating theatre – which is a huge cost saving to the NHS and much better for the patient.”

He added: “We are incredibly grateful for the support from the Growth Hub and from Coventry City Council – it’s great that organisations in the city want to get behind innovative, local companies.

“We’ve also been supported by Warwick Manufacturing Group with trial production and have had significant help from our friends at RDM Group.

“The next phase is to upscale the current lab micro 3D printing process to enable production of full size devices for clinical trials. We are seeking additional funding to help us to do that and the feedback we are getting is that this is a very exciting new material that has the potential to revolutionise the way in which this area of treatment is delivered.”

Jeremy Moore, of the CWLEP Growth Hub, said: “From my first conversations with Gary and Ron, I could see the passion they have for this exciting new material.

“They are doing exactly the right thing too by listening to the advice of experts from the medical profession.

“I am pleased that we’ve been able to help them reach this stage and it would be great to see this innovation used the world over, knowing it started right here in our area.”

Coventry City Councillor Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, said: “Coventry has always innovated and this is yet another example of a local business being at the cutting edge of new developments.

“I’m pleased that we could secure grant cash to support the development of this new concept and I hope it leads to the on-going growth of the company and opportunities for local people.”
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
30 of Worcestershire’s best apprentices, employers, training providers and schools have been announced as finalists at the Worcestershire Apprentice Awards 2017 and tables can now be booked.

All 10 categories received a large amount of nominations and a record number of entries have progressed through to this year’s awards finals. Judges for the awards have described the finalists as highlighting the exceptionally positive contribution that apprenticeships have on the local workforce.

Awards finalists, businesses and guests will attend the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards at 6:30pm, on Thursday 16 November at the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park, where the winners of each category will be announced. The ceremony is once again set to attract a large audience of over 300 people.

The popular celebration event will culminate in the two overall awards of Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, which is sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd and Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group, to recognise outstanding achievement.

Tables have now gone on sale and spaces at the high-profile event are limited. Seats cost £85 each and a table of 10 can be bought for £800 and those who wish to attend are being urged to secure their places at the earliest opportunity.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “To reach the finals of the awards is an incredible achievement and highlights the outstanding ability and dedication of our local apprentices, employers, schools and training providers. I look forward to celebrating these achievements at the awards and I would urge all interested parties to book their place at the event as soon as possible.”

Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills at Worcestershire County Council, added: “My congratulations go to everyone who has been shortlisted for the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards final. The fantastic quality of this year’s entries and nominations highlights the hugely positive impact that apprenticeships have for the growth of apprentices and businesses all over the county.”

For the full list of the finalists for this year’s awards and for more information on taking on an apprentice,
To book a table or secure your seat at the awards, email

Awards Finalists 2017

School of the year –  Sponsored by Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Droitwich Spa High School
  • Pershore High School
  • Worcester Sixth Form College
Intermediate Level Apprentice of the year – Sponsored by Titania
  •   Ben Hyde – Sanctuary Group – Worcester
  •   Marc Dixon – Amtek Components Kidderminster Ltd - Kidderminster
  •   Michael Hope – Thursfields Solicitors - Worcester
Advanced Level Apprentice of the year  Sponsored by Southco Manufacturing Ltd
  •   Dale Astley – Yamazaki Mazak – Worcester
  •   Lauren Baker – Green Lighting Ltd – Worcester
  •   Tom Morris – Morgan – Malvern
Higher Level Apprentice of the year – Sponsored by Morgan Motor Company
  •   Emily Draper – Worcester Cathedral – Worcester 
  •   James Ashcroft – Sanctuary Group – Worcester
  •   Ryan Harrison – Titania - Worcester
Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer – Sponsored by Vestia Community Trust
  •   AW Computers - Redditch
  •   Hogarths Stone Manor Hotel – Kidderminster
  •   Ping Marketing - Evesham
Small Apprenticeship Employer of the year – Sponsored by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
  •   Bradley Haynes Law – Worcester
  •   Buzz Electrical Ltd – Evesham
  •   Green Lighting Ltd – Worcester
Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the year – Sponsored by WBL Consultancy
  •   CP Foods UK Ltd – Kidderminster
  •   GT Access Ltd - Bromsgrove
  •   Heller Machine Tools - Redditch
Large Apprenticeship Employer of the year –  Sponsored by Sanctuary Group
  •   Amada UK – Kidderminster
  •   Southco Manufacturing Limited - Worcester
  •   Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust - Worcester
Apprentice Ambassador of the Year –  Sponsored by Heartbeat – The Training Academy
  •   Faisal Ziab (Sanctuary Group) – Worcester
  •   Pippa Dressler-Pearson (Southco Manufacturing Ltd) - Worcester
  •   Sam Batkin (Ormerod Rutter) - Droitwich
Training Provider of the Year –  Sponsored by Worcestershire Training Providers Association
  •   Midland Group Training Services Ltd – Redditch
  •   The Development Manager Ltd - Bewdley
  •   Warwickshire College Group - Pershore
Worcestershire Apprentice of the year   Sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group
The Apprentice of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Employer of the year –
Sponsored by Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd
The Apprenticeship Employer of the Year will be decided from winners of other awards.

by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
Gloucestershire based Printwaste the recycling, waste management and shredding business has won a new national award at a major industry set of awards. Printwaste won The Environmental Award and was one of six-member companies of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) to be recognised for their commitment to promoting the worldwide reputation of the industry.
The brand-new awards were presented at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Presented in three main categories – the awards invited contributions from all sections of BSIA membership, with one special commendation and one overall winner being announced in each category.

“The nominations we received this year were a testament to the fantastic reputation of our member companies and we look forward to the ongoing success of these awards,” comments James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA. “We felt it was important to ensure that the success of entire companies was also rewarded”
The Environmental Award
The Environmental Award recognises the commitment of a security company or its employees to improve sustainability within the organisation or to improve the wider environment in their local community.
Printwaste Recycling & Shredding received the accolade for the installation of 384 solar panels on their roof in order to move away from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources. As well as installing the solar panels, the firm also fitted light sensors in corridors, toilets and to external lighting in order to reduce the amount of electricity being used. Printwaste continued to show a commitment to energy conservation by closely monitoring usage against material processed in order to assess ways in which electricity consumption could be reduced, whilst increasing output. 

By transforming the unused roof space into an environmental asset, the electricity bill has been reduced by 51% with the annual C02 emissions decreasing dramatically. The commitment to the environment has also resulted in employees being more energy conscious, as well as their customers being happy in the knowledge that their materials are being shredded through eco-friendly solar energy.
Don Robins, Managing Director of Printwaste Recycling & Shredding, enthused: “Winning this award is fantastic recognition for the business and our staff at our security shredding facility in Cheltenham. We all know that in this day and age it is increasingly important that data and media products must be securely destroyed. It bolsters our green credentials and gives even greater re-assurance to our clients to know that the electricity used in shredding their data and confidential papers is generated by solar panels on the Printwaste building roof.”
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
Chris Stock, Managing Director of Finnick Solutions, met with Mr. Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, the president of Epson Europe at the Epson headquarters in Hemel Hempstead to celebrate Finnick Solutions continued support and affiliation with Epson. The Epson Partner Programme is a mutually beneficial scheme which helps both Finnick Solutions and Epson to grow their businesses and increase market share.

In addition to this, Finnick Solutions have also become a centre of excellence for the distribution of Epson products and an Education and Public Sector Partner – this means that Finnick Solutions have shown excellence in supplying products to the public and education sectors. Within these areas Finnick Solutions have displayed ways of supplying Epson technology to help beat budget restrictions, work more efficiently and deliver the best possible service.

Why Partner with Epson?
Epson has always been at the forefront of technology. Founded in 1942 as a small watchmaking factory – Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (later Seiko). Seiko technology inspired the subsidiary company Epson, whose printers, were the first of which was launched in 1968 as the electronic printer (EP). The EP was quickly followed by the EP-101 (the first and world’s smallest commercial printer, the EP’s “son”). Therefore, Epson was born!
The 1990s saw Epson Europe establish itself in Amsterdam, and became the European headquarters of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation. Today, Epson operate in 94 countries worldwide, delivering products built on their piezoelectric technology, while aiming to enhance the lives of Epson customers.
By partnering with Epson, Finnick Solutions are able to supply innovative, convenient and easy-to-use products that can be used anytime and anywhere. These products will be able to help customers and businesses reduce waste, save time and resources, and contribute to a sustainable society.
For more Epson product information, visit:
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
DCS Group, which was established in 1994 by Denys Shortt OBE, was officially opened by the Chairman of Barclays Corporate Banking Division – Kevin Wall.

The £12 million investment into the 25-acre site on Noral Way, near the M40, has become the new home for the company’s 250 staff and has created 30 new jobs – a figure which is set to increase as the business expands.

Previously the site was home to the Northern Aluminum Company – one of the UK’s first aluminum factories. In homage to the history of the site, the company commissioned a sculpture of a Spitfire to commemorate the past, which takes pride of place at the entrance to the new DCS Group offices.

DCS Group was founded in 1994 by the current Chairman and Chief Executive, Denys Shortt. The business opened its first commercial premises in Stratford upon Avon in 2001 before adding a manufacturing plant in 2005.

The company boasts some of the world’s biggest companies as suppliers including Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Colgate, PZ Cussons, Reckitt Benkiser and SC Johnson and delivers to over 500 retail chains and wholesalers in the UK. In 1998, the company established its own label beauty brand ‘Enliven’ which is today is exported to over 75 countries around the world.

Commenting on the move Chief Executive Denys Shortt said: “The continued growth of the company resulted in the need to find a new site to ensure we had a platform on which to maximise the future potential of the company.”

“Our company has a policy that ensures we play our part in the local community, whether that’s in terms of employment, the purchase and servicing of our vehicle fleet or supporting local charitable causes and I’m keen to work with partners locally to contribute to the prosperity of the area.”

Kevin Wall, Chairman of Barclays Corporate Banking Division commented: “The growth of the DCS Group since its inception in 1994 has been very impressive and something that Denys and his team can be proud of. I was delighted to be asked to officially open the premises today and wish the company my best wishes for their future success.”

The company has an ambitious strategic plan for future growth and aims to become a £300 million company in the next five years and create employment opportunities for a further fifty people.
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