From laser-cut latex clothing for Paris Couture Week to hundreds of engraved cider pumps for Rekorderlig, Cutting Technologies has had the confidence to break out of its traditional manufacturing base and grow the creative side of its laser cutting and engraving business.
Today the Barnsley company works closely with designers, architects and artists at the very start of the design process.
It’s also invested in the strategy with state-of-the-art new machinery and new ways of thinking.
The result was a 20 per cent increase in turnover, to take it past the £2.8m mark, 32 employees and a growing list of more than 500 clients worldwide – it is first point of call for some of the UK’s top brands.
Its growth required a new bespoke customer-led website which allows designers and artist who are still at concept stage to get a quote.
The site is packed with inspiring examples, information about laser cutting and a simple three-step process to help customers get orders off the ground.
It also extended its premises at Zenith Park, on Whaley Road, and purchased two new Bystronic lasers costing nearly £900,000.
Meanwhile co-director Jane Robinson flies the flag for UK manufacturing and is a regular contributor to national media debates.
She’s on the BBC’s panel of spokespeople on manufacturing and industry has year appeared on BBC national news and BBC Breakfast.
Last year, the industry body, the EEF, asked Jane to judge both their regional and national awards – a mark of how well respected Cutting Technologies has become.