With 42 per cent of attendees at the National Manufacturing Conference in March predicting manufacturing's share of UK GDP will grow in the next five years, Aldermore showcases the budding businesses contributing to this recovery.
Manchester-based Flash Rads have breathed new life into the radiator manufacturing industry, deciding radiators should offer style as well as functionality and driving innovation in a product category that has seen little change in many years.
The company's range of design-led products provide options for both commercial and residential properties, even offering customers the chance to have a bespoke radiator made specifically for their living space.
After years of steady operation as a bookbinding specialist, Bolton-based manufacturing firm Bindatex has seen a whole new avenue of business open up this year, after working with the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
Realising that the technology the firm uses to precision cut bookbinding materials could equally be used to create small aeroplane components, the company has secured a £1m contract with a major aircraft manufacturer. As a result, Bindatex expects to increase turnover by 500 per cent, hiring three new permanent members of staff.
"The decision to diversify and explore new ways of using our skills and equipment has completely transformed and future-proofed this business," founder Chris Lever told the Manchester Evening News, commenting on the opportunity last week.
The brainchild of Director Laura Shaw, Ditsy Pet has gained rapid recognition since the company first launched in 2011, even gaining acclaim from renowned entrepreneur Jacqueline Gold on Twitter through her weekly WOW business awards.
The brand puts quality UK manufacturing at its core, designing and hand-making a range of colourful, unique dog collars and other pet accessories.
Launched in 2009 by experienced tool maker Gary Robinson, GWR Fasteners Ltd is a small company with a big impact, creating and delivering precision fastening components to businesses all over the world, including individual designs made to unique customer specifications.
The company's flexible, dedicated approach has earned GWR Fasteners numerous titles in recent years, including Oswestry Chamber of Commerce's Young Business of the Year for 2013, with the firm also gaining support from entrepreneur Theo Paphitis' Small Business Sunday initiative.
As a strong supporter of UK SMEs, Aldermore is delighted to see growing businesses like these four playing such a major role in reversing the fortunes of the UK manufacturing sector, and hopes to see this trend continue in 2014 and beyond.
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