BTS Facades & Fabrications held an Open Day at its state-of-the-art Newton Aycliffe HQ and factory on September 25th.
The event was attended by over 120 of BTS’s customers and supply chain partners and included updates on BTS’s recent investment and plans for the future from MD Phil Atkinson and Company Secretary Marcia Atkinson, plus BTS’s Mark Kenney informed those assembled of the company’s developments within its product range including the Vantage Rainscreen Systems. Guest Speaker Gary Lumby, of Focus on Success, also gave an inspirational talk including advice and guidance from his time in business.
The day also included the BTS Awards which saw Errigal Facades awarded for its Westfield White City project; Prater awarded for its Town Centre regeneration project in Bracknell; and Apex Facades awarded for its work at Kingston, London.
Visitors were also treated to a factory tour which enabled them to see BTS’s range of presses and machinery in action, including the Trumpff TruBend Center 7030 – BTS’s most recent and significant investment – which Phil describes as a “game-changer” for both the company and its customers. The TruBend Center offers BTS a number of benefits including unrivalled precision automated bending; opportunities to develop its offering; and increased speed and efficiencies which enable BTS to offer quicker turnaround for customers.
The growth at BTS has been rapid with the company growing from six staff and a turnover of £375,000 in 2009, to now employing 48 full-time staff with an annual turnover of £5.1m.
But sales in the firm’s current financial year, ending in March 2019, are expected to top £6.5m – and the aim is to achieve sales of more than £9m within three years.
Phil Atkinson, Managing Director, said of the investment and developments at the company’s facilities and factory: “Seeing the number of people who turned up for our open day makes us immensely proud.
“My wife and Company Secretary, Marcia, has been the architect of this project. We’ve all worked very hard on it and to see it all come together is wonderful. It’s been a fantastic journey and I’m tingling with pride.
“This is the biggest investment in the company’s history, but it doesn’t end there.
“We’ve just placed an order for a new £700,000 machine. It will keep going until we reach ‘Eutopia’ and have a fully-automated workflow.
“So, we don’t see our growth stopping. As long as it’s sustainable, and we can justify the spend and recruitment, we’ll get more people.
“We’ve got the fundamentals of the business right. We all work very hard. I’m very hands-on, I still do all our buying and invoicing. Our Production Director is hands-on. We all work very hard and we’re all pulling in the same direction.”