Firm set to treble its turnover to £1m

Phil Richardson, Director of Innovative Support Systems, in front of the RamArch produced by the company. Picture: Enterprising Barnsley
Phil Richardson, Director of Innovative Support Systems, in front of the RamArch produced by the company. Picture: Enterprising Barnsley
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Structural supports specialist Innovative Support Systems is set to treble its turnover thanks to new national infrastructure projects.

The company, based at Oaks Business Park, in Barnsley, has won contracts from Network Rail, London Underground and the Canal and River Trust, which will help to boost its turnover from £300,000 last year to £1 million.

Its success is down to being the only manufacturer of two new types of support – the RamWall and the RamArch – which ISS claims are stronger and greener than current systems.

RamWall is used for structures like rail and road embankments, while RamArch supports tunnels.

Both are made from recycled steel and RamWall is filled with recycled material, making it 98 per cent recycled. The only part of the product that hasn’t been recycled is the galvanising on the steel.

ISS’s innovations have been used in rail tunnels in Derbyshire, a canal tunnel near Birmingham, sections of the London Underground and to make repairs to a tunnel in Somerset built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel more than 150 years ago.

Director Phil Richardson said: “Cuts in infrastructure spending, particularly in the rail industry, had seen our turnover fall to £300,000, but now more and more major projects are coming on stream, so we can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.”

ISS has been advised by Enterprising Barnsley, the business support agency that helps businesses to develop and expand, generating economic growth and new jobs

Enterprising Barnsley has provided business coaching and advice on marketing, personnel and Intellectual Property matters.

“The support from Enterprising Barnsley has been tremendous,” said Mr Richardson.

“They have helped us take what we know is an innovative product and really get it out there.

“We are very confident about the future. We are now expanding our marketing with help from Enterprising Barnsley and already have interest from possible clients in France and Belgium.”