A1 Flues crowned Manufacturer of the Year

Posted on 11 Oct 2017 and read 208 times
A1 Flues crowned Manufacturer of the YearOllerton-based A1 Flue Systems (www.a1flues.co.uk) has been crowned Manufacturer of the Year at the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards — for the second year in a row.

The company, which employs more than 145 people, was singled out for praise for its strong export growth and its high levels of investment .

The directors of the family-run business — a UK market leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems — were on hand to collect the award.

Director TJ Duncan-Moir said: “It was a thrill to win the award last year for everyone at A1, but to win it for the second year in a row is an unprecedented achievement for us.

“The Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the East Midlands and represents companies across the spectrum, which is why this award is all the more precious to us, as it demonstrates that a small business like ours can hold its head really high with the very best in this region.”

Over the last 12 months, A1 has re-invested £250,000 of its profits to improve its manufacturing processes, including the purchase of a £100,000 plasma cutter.

This has resulted in a 30% increase in productivity and has led directly to the creation of eight new jobs.

At the start of the year, the company reported a £1 million ‘Brexit boost’ after seeing a jump in turnover for the second half of 2016.

It was able to secure a raft of contracts because, as a British manufacturer, its costs remained stable, while all its UK competitors — who import their flues from Europe — were hit by 20% price rises as the value of the pound fell.

It has also seen its exports grow to account for nearly 10% of its turnover, shipping systems to Dubai and even the Falkland Islands.

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