Birley celebrates a boost in its profits

Richard Knowles, bench joiner making customer desk equipment for some of Birley's blue chip clients
Richard Knowles, bench joiner making customer desk equipment for some of Birley's blue chip clients
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High street interiors and specialist rail products manufacturer Birley Manufacturing Solutions is celebrating an 18 per cent increase in pre-tax profits after boosting its turnover to more than £10 million.

The company, based in Birley Vale Avenue, Sheffield has bucked the trend and won a string of contracts during the past 12 months, including orders from blue chip companies and high street names such as Waitrose, JTI, HSBC, First Great Western Trains and the NHS.

Managing Director Steve English said: “Last year was a great year for Birley, ending with a strong fourth quarter and some important new business wins to take us into 2013.

“In today’s difficult financial climate our end of year results of over £10 million are a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and commitment put in by everyone at Birley.”

Birley employs more than 90 staff ranging from metal working specialists and skilled bench joiners to designers, planners and project managers.

Recent successes include designing and installing more than 20 bespoke outdoor “horticultural pods” for Waitrose shops across the country.

These units will provide a new exterior display area for a range of outdoor plants, shrubs and accessories called Waitrose Flower Garden.

The project forms part of a long standing relationship between Birley and Waitrose which has involved work in a variety of in-store departments including the Waitrose cafes, hospitality areas and fresh meat, fish, delicatessen and bakery back wall counters.

The horticultural pods comprise large units with moveable shelving and lockable doors to ensure the whole unit can be made secure at the end of the trading day.

Smaller mobile units provide a substantial retail display area with easy access for customers.

Other successes this year for Birley have included a £300,000 contract to make aluminium skirts to protect equipment attached to the underside of First Great Western trains.