Barnsley manufacturer celebrates 50 years

25 June 2015

A window manufacturer that started in a Barnsley garage is celebrating its 50th birthday with a party for hundreds of staff, past and present.

Sash UK, which was set up by two school friends in 1965 in a garage in Brierley, now has nearly 200 staff and a turnover topping £20m.

The company makes windows, doors, conservatories and decking at its purpose-built factory at Park Springs, Grimethorpe. These are supplied to councils, housing associations and national builders, and direct to trade.

Sash UK is one of the biggest such manufacturers in the country, with more than 2,500 windows and 250 doors made each week at the 112,000 sq ft factory and shipped out by its own fleet of lorries.

For the last 18 months Sash UK has been given free business support by Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Council, and in that time the number of staff has grown from 140 to 185. Turnover last year was £18m, up from £15.5m the year before. It is expected to be about £21m this year.

Current staff, along with hundreds of past workers, have been invited to a party on July 4 to mark the 50th anniversary.
Rudy Micallef, the operations director, said: “We are very much part of the local community and the history of the Barnsley area.

“We have several people here who are third generation, grandparents, parents and children, and we have some who have been here 20, 30 or more years. We make sure we look after our staff and we invest in training people.”

Sash UK started as Bean and Morrell 50 years ago when Ron Bean and Terry Morrell began making window and door frames and skirting boards in Terry’s garage in Brierley. The company, which became known as Sash UK, gradually grew and moved to bigger premises. In 2000 it moved to the current site, where its current managing director is Terry’s son, Stephen Morrell.

Rudy said the company’s success was down to investing in staff – and equipment and research.

“To Joe Public a window is still a window, but from our point of view there has been a massive development in the last 50 years.

“We have to keep innovating and investing to keep up with demands. We have one of the most hi-tech factories in the country with everything controlled by computers. But we are constantly developing new processes and products,” said Rudy.

Among those new products is a new range of composite doors and custom-made windows that can be different colours on the inside and outside.

Rudy said Enterprising Barnsley had really helped with the company’s expansion. The free support includes marketing advice and help accessing grants.

“We are very grateful for the support we have had from Enterprising Barnsley. It has helped to increase sales and subsequently employment in the area, which can only be a good thing,” he said.

Enterprising Barnsley offers a wide range of free business support to small and medium-sized businesses with growth potential. The programme is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £3,015,276 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Shaun Higginbottom, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “Sash UK is a good example of how a long-established firm can be innovative and forward-thinking. They are a massive benefit to the borough both in terms of investments and jobs.”

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Rudy Micallef (left) and managing director Stephen Morrell.

Media contact at Sash UK: Rudy Micallef at Rudy.Micallef@Sashuk.com

The Enterprising Barnsley programme is part financed by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

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For information about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk or contact Mark Storey at MarkStorey@barnsley.gov.uk or on 01226 772 996.

Additional media contact: Kate Betts at kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk or on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891.

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