A THRIVING Doncaster manufacturing firm has taken on new staff and moved into bigger premises following a boom in orders.
Eurocare Showers has moved into a Shaw Lane Industrial Estate on Ogden Road at Wheatley Hall Road after seeing a rise in demand.
The firm as taken on three apprentices and a graduate in the last three weeks, taking its staff to the 20 mark.
Eurocare manufactures bathing and showering equipment for contemporary accessible living, for people who have problems with access to conventional showers and baths because of age or disability.
Its extra staff come after a record year that has seen turnover almost double and demand continue to grow. Bosses are hopeful of taking on more staff in the future.
They have moved to their new larger site from premises in Bentley.
Managing director Mike Holborn said the industry was incredibly competitive and many key players had chosen to outsource their manufacturing overseas, but it was not a route he wanted to go down as he was extremely proud of the UK manufacturing heritage.
He said: “People talk about how to get young people interested in manufacturing, but we’ve been delighted with how many we’ve had.
“For a company of 20 staff taking on three apprentices and a graduate for design and development is a lot of staff.
“There may have been a recession, but in our sector, providing products to keep people in their own homes, things have been fairly buoyant in both private sales and catering for local authorities.
“There will definitely be opportunities for more employment.
“We have already effectively increased staff by 25 per cent to meet growing turnover, and we are delighted with the way things are going.
Mr Holborn added: “But the last few years have been rough and it is hard work for small businesses.
“But all of a sudden, manufacturing is starting to look more glamorous that it was.”
He believes the company’s approach is currently paying dividends as a number of retailers and other customers are looking for British manufactured products backed by technical support that’s close to hand.
The company spent more than 10 years at its previous site before moving to the new 20,000 sq ft manufacturing facility.
Mr Holborn has been working in the industry for more than 35 years and says the business is becoming more focused on the ageing population who have more influence than ever before over the provision of bath equipment.