Coventry engineering firm pipes up for the world’s Covid-19 response

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A family-run engineering company in Coventry is playing a major role in the UK’s response to Covid-19 after supplying more than 120 miles of medical gas copper pipes in just six months.

Lawton Tubes, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, switched the majority of its production to cater for unprecedented demand from the NHS and healthcare providers for its copper tubes that are the preferred natural, 100 per cent recyclable, safe means of carrying medical gasses from the plant room to the patient’s bed.

It has been a whirlwind period for the fourth generation-owned business, which has seen export levels grow from zero to over £13.5 million in just over a decade, with long-term auditors Haines Watts helping to manage growth, a family shareholding agreement and provide day-to-day support throughout the pandemic.

Lawton Tubes (Action).jpg[68]Rob Lawton, Business Development Director at Lawton Tubes, said: “The biggest NHS project by far was the work we did at Nightingale Birmingham, where we successfully supplied 10 miles of our copper tube and thousands of our copper fittings for a massive medical mains gas ring.

“This represented a fantastic effort from all of our staff, with many continuing to work throughout the pandemic and going above and beyond to deliver huge volumes of products on extremely tight timescales.”

Lawton Tubes, which has a second site in Poole, has created a niche for itself in supplying high quality copper tube to clients involved in air conditioning, engineering, plumbing and the medical sector.

Regular investment in new warehousing, equipment and company-wide training has seen it achieve year-on-year growth for the last decade, with turnover touching £155 million and a workforce of just over 100.

Lawton (Queen’s Award).jpg[1]Throughout its rapid expansion, the firm has been assisted by Haines Watts Chartered Accountants.

Tax partner Terri Halstead, said: “We have worked hard to understand what makes Lawton Tubes different, putting in place a specialist advice package that has underpinned its growth.

“Over the years we have added more and more services, making the management team aware of new financial support opportunities and advising on key issues, the most recent one being access to Government assistance during Covid-19.

“We are very proud of what the family has achieved, especially during the pandemic. It has really stepped up and, in doing so, will undoubtedly have helped save many lives in the process.”

Photo shows: (l-r) Rob Lawton (Lawton Tubes), John Crabtree (Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands), Terri Halstead (Haines Watts) and Giles Lawton (Lawton Tubes) following winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise