Bishop Auckland-based BD Fabrications, which manufactures bespoke architectural products, facades and cladding for projects across the country, has invested in a new machine which is transforming how it operates.
The company, which is based at South Church Enterprise Park, has purchased a new electric punch, securing a £30,000grant from the County Durham Growth Fund which has contributed towards an overall investment of £150,000. The machine is far more advanced than the previous punch used on the factory floor, which at around 25 years old was costing the firm both time and money. The new equipment means the staff within the technical team can input designs into their computer system which is then able to communicate directly with the punch machine, meaning bulk orders can be processed much more efficiently. The investment is enabling BD Fabrications to actively target larger contracts and grow the business, which now employs 23 people.
Director Jason Patterson said: “This new machine is making a massive difference to the way we work. Our old machine was so old and really was putting pressure on us in terms of deadlines and delivery, as we couldn’t rely on it to function at the levels we needed.“Now the process is so much quicker and means bulk orders are completed far more efficiently. It puts us in a much stronger position to win larger contracts going forward and sets us up nicely to implement our ambitious plans for growth in 2021.”BD Fabrications, which was founded in 2011, manufactures parts that can be found on projects in locations including London, Brighton and Birmingham, and traditionally makes products for residential, commercial, retail and public sectors including hospitals and educational institutions.
The County Durham Growth Fund is jointly managed by Business Durham and UMi with funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). All successful grant applications are appraised by UNW LLP, an independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.
Sarah Slaven, Managing Director at Business Durham, said: “BD Fabrications is a company with its roots firmly in the area and thanks to the grant secured through the County Durham Growth Fund, it is now looking towards 2021 with renewed optimism and ambitious plans to grow nationwide.”
Simon Allen, Investment Centre Director at UMi, said: “It’s great to see companies like BD Fabrications, which was founded right here in County Durham, benefitting from the fund and being able to invest in state-of-the-art machinery which is radically improving how it operates.”
John Healey, Corporate Finance Partner at UNW LLP, said: “The County Durham Growth Fund was launched to help businesses across the area to expand their portfolios and break into new markets and that’s exactly what BD Fabrications is planning to do.”