Below is an example of the Company profiles that we regularly feature in the magazine
Midway Tools is a classic example of how sometimes devastating events can be turned to advantage. I think we can all admire the amount of sheer hard work and determination it takes to recover from a setback, and Alan Stanley of Midway Tools agreed to give us some up to date information about how the transformation of the company is proceeding. It is a definite “work in progress”, but I am sure that readers will be able to recognize that most progressive companies never reach the final goal. Circumstances always change – it is part of our modern business world. Read the full profile
25 Years and Growing
If I ever wanted an example of a truly hands-on management style I would point people in the direction of Gordon Evans, Neil Coleclough and Chris Owen, Directors of GE Tools based in Rhyl, North Wales. Their enthusiasm, detailed knowledge and willingness to challenge whatever faces them, including me and themselves, was really refreshing, and I came away feeling that the tool industry, in particular, needs people like them to thoroughly question the “usual ways of doing things” just to see if we really are doing the best we can. Read the full profile
Warnhill Tools and Fasteners
New to THS and Growing
Warnhill Tools and Fasteners was established in 2006, the “baby” of Stephen Warner and Robert Hilditch, both of whom had experience of engineering and retailing. They established the company in a premises on Winsford Industrial Estate in Winsford, Cheshire. Although the business address has remained the same, the increasing levels of company growth each year has meant some internal additions to the building, with new mezzanine floors being added to provide space to house the increasing range of stock needed to supply the needs of the customers. Many of these customers need to have immediate demands for common engineering items instantly met, so a good stock of commonly used components is an absolute must. Read the full profile
Jones and Clark of Burton on Trent
80 Years of Retail Success
It is clear that Jones and Clark is rooted in its surrounding community in Burton on Trent. Now running into the third generation of family ownership and due to celebrate eighty years of trading in October, the business is an example of how evolving ideas and embracing change enable businesses to survive and thrive. Read the full profile
How to Manufacture in Europe Successfully
The GYS Way
In the last few years we have all got used to reading about closing factories and poor industrial performance, particularly in Britain. So, it is very refreshing to learn about a success story. I refer of course to the French company GYS, based in Laval in the Pays de Loire region of France. GYS is now a major supplier of welding and related tools to the tool distribution industry both in the UK and in Europe, but is a bit of a well-kept secret. ToolBusiness and Hire paid a visit to this vibrant and expanding company that gave us an insight into some of the ways in which a model of modern European manufacturing could work very successfully. Read the full profile
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