Richard said: “This is a very happy day for Stewart Golf, Gloucester, for things that are handbuilt in Great Britain and for the export business that this country is going to rely on in the future. We are never going to win in the world by mass manufacturing and trying to sell cheap goods for everybody. It’s got to be special, handbuilt, something that’s unusual, that’s high tech and innovative and that’s going to appeal to people who have the money to pay for high quality goods. That’s exactly what Stewart Golf has done.”
CEO Mark Stewart said: “The new site has already made a huge difference to the business and our operating efficiency. Our customers are seeing the benefits through dramatically shorter lead times; we’ve gone from weeks to hours in our time to prepare an order for shipping whilst still building all of our trolleys by hand. People don’t buy our products just because they’re British, but because they’re good. Our goal is to build the best products.”
The company makes, sells and services golf trollies and it’s currently working on the next generation of golf trollies.
Stewart Golf made its first golf trolley in 2004 after more than four years of development and prototyping. The business is run by engineers, so product design and innovation is fundamental and delivered Stewart Golf’s flagship model: the X9 Follow; a golf trolley that will follow its owner automatically at the touch of a button.
The business relocated to Waterwells Business Park after 13 years at their original location in Stroud. The brand-new, 10,000 sq ft building provides allows for significant future growth.
In May, the company announced a unique sponsorship with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows for 2018. The company equipped each pilot with a handbuilt trolley, which will be used during the team’s many charity golf events.
The Stewart Golf team presented the pilots with two red carbon fibre X9 Follow trolleys from the Signature Range and nine R1-S Push trolleys in the white and red colour combination.
Despite living adrenaline filled lives in control of fast jets, all of the current Red Arrows pilots are keen golfers who take part in charity events throughout the year. Two of the most enthusiastic golfers are Flight Lieutenant Mike Bowden (Red 9) and Flight Lieutenant Matt Masters (Red 8).
Flt Lt Bowden said: “As soon as we found out the X9 Follow was available in red we both agreed it would look fantastic parked in front of a jet.”
Marketing Manager Luke Cummins stated: “Bringing these two organisations together took a fair bit of organisation and flexibility from both sides but it was definitely worth the wait. Watching how much the Red Arrows strive for perfection in their displays completely resonated with our company attitude towards customer service and product development. I must also admit the specially personalised Ping golf bags looked the business on our Signature X9 Follow machines.”