Medlock invests in advanced workshop for fabricating high end fixtures and fittings

Bench hand Chris Jones at work in Medlock FRB's bespoke joinery workshop

Construction and fit-out specialist Medlock FRB is investing £125,000 to expand its workshop which supplies bespoke joinery to clients including Caffé Nero, Greene King, Joseph Holt and Whitbread.

The upgrade will create more manufacturing space and will fund the purchase of additional machinery in line with a growing order book.

The workshop manufactures bars, servery counters, decorative screens, staircases, reception desks and other fixtures and fittings, predominantly for high-end leisure venues.

Products are made from sustainably-sourced timber as well as marble, Corian, glass, metal and laminates.

The workshop achieved sales of £1.35 million in 2014, during which a record 90 projects were completed. Medlock is targeting workshop revenues of £1.7m for this calendar year.

The facility currently occupies 20,000sq ft at Medlock’s headquarters and employs nearly 20 people under the day-to-day direction of manager Steve Oldham.

Andy Dunster

Managing director Andy Dunster: “The workshop is the jewel in Medlock’s crown and underlines our commitment to bespoke manufacturing in the northwest.”

Managing director Andy Dunster said: “The workshop is the jewel in Medlock’s crown and underlines our commitment to bespoke manufacturing in the northwest.

“We are confident that this expansion will provide an excellent return on our investment in the facility, by enabling us to improve the service we provide to our growing customer base.

“At a time when leisure sector investment is gathering pace in the region, this expansion will ensure our facilities and service levels remain ahead of the field.”

News of Medlock’s investment comes after the company posted record annual revenues. Turnover in 2014 rose 69 per cent, from £11m to £18.54m. A strong start to 2015 has put the business on track to top £20m for this year.

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