Industrial firm is branching out

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A Barnsley company, whose products have been used to repair the Forth Road Bridge and the London Underground, is branching out into new markets through

e-commerce.

Adomast makes specialist products for the construction industry, including curing agents that speed up the setting time of concrete and adhesives for repairing brick.

Turnover is £1 million and is set to increase by 60 per cent this year.

But every winter the company, which is based at Shafton, hits a low as the construction industry slows down. To bridge the gap, it is setting up an e-commerce business called Profinish, with the help of the Click e-commerce accelerator programme funded by Enterprising Barnsley, a business programme by Barnsley Council.

Managing director Denise Wolstenholme said: “We sell chemicals in giant drums used by the big players in the construction industry, but they can also be used by ordinary people to fill wood, clean the patio, repair the car or a boat.

“So we thought what about selling in smaller tins online to smaller companies, builders’ merchants and the public, rather than just to the larger companies? The support from the Click programme has been excellent. They’ve given us the knowledge and support to get it all up and running and the extra income will help us through the winter months.”

The company has increased staff from four to 11 in the last year and has plans to take on an apprentice and two new people.

Tracey Johnson, of Click, said: “Adomast is the sort of company we aim to help embrace e-commerce. Selling online will help them diversify and grow their business even further creating jobs.”