Swindon engineering company sold to franchising business

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Swindon-based Aftech Engineering Ltd has been sold to franchising group Taylor Made Franchising, which owns multiple franchise companies including Stump Busters, Wilkins Chimney Sweep and Thomas Cleaning.

Aftech, based on the Station Industrial Estate in Swindon, specialises in metal fabrication including laser cutting, welding, forming etc. It produces shop fitting equipment and works extensively within the electrical and medical industries. Currently employing 11 members of staff, there will be no changes for staff, production or customers.

Outgoing managing director Len Dean joined the firm on leaving school at 17 and took over the in 1995. In 2003 his wife Anne came on board and they ran the business together as joint managing directors.

Now in their late 60’s, the pair are looking forward to retirement, although they’ll still have family involvement as son in law Ken Morris has taken over day to day running of the company and daughter Michelle Gower will continue to work in the admin/sales/purchasing dept, as she has done for more than 20 years.

Len said: “I have worked at Aftech for over 50 years and my wife Anne for over 18; as much as we had a wonderful time, it was time to go. We are delighted to have handed over the reins now to Darren and his team at Taylor Made Franchising and know it will go from strength to strength under his ownership; we have left him a strong business that will continue to thrive and grow.

‘The sale of the business was smooth and simple; Darren is a straight-forward man who is experienced in acquiring businesses.  He made the process pain and stress free and I’d thoroughly recommend him.”

Darren Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Franchising said: “I am delighted to have acquired Aftech Engineering Ltd and welcome all of their staff to our group. Aftech have built a solid reputation for producing excellent metal goods which will continue unchanged with Ken at the helm on a day-to-day basis. Whilst growing the company’s order books we will also be asking engineers to produce equipment for some franchise operations within our group. My team and I wish Len and Anne a very happy retirement and look forward to working with remaining staff to build a bigger and better business for the future.”