Pipe manufacturer backs export growth
Clay pipe manufacturer Naylor Industries, which has seen exports triple in three years, is investing in its workforce to equip them for further growth. Naylor has recently completed a rigorous management development programme for the 12-strong team which leads its clayware division.
Clay pipes are the company’s biggest export product and last year they sold £2.4M worth to customers in 35 countries including New Zealand, Singapore and the UAE. Export growth over the last three years has been a key factor contributing to an expected record turnover of £42M at Naylor this year, ending February 2014.
The recent management training comprised a bespoke course of professional coaching delivered in partnership with Enterprising Barnsley – a business support programme delivered by Barnsley MBC.
Naylor Industries’ chief operating officer Bridie Warner-Adsetts said: “Naylor is committed to personal and professional development and this focused programme was specifically designed to build the skills and boost the confidence of every member in the clayware management team.
“Each and every one of them is now better equipped to help us capitalise on a large investment we are making in new drying and firing equipment, set to boost clay pipe production capacity in 2014.”
Naylor currently has nine apprentices across its business and is resolved to increase that number by at least one a year for the foreseeable future. Two management trainees, who will gain sponsorship for their studies and on-the-job management training, will start later this year.
Warner-Adsetts said: “The support from Enterprising Barnsley to develop our workforce has been tremendous. The last few years have seen a dramatic turn-around of fortunes at Naylor following tough times in the recession-hit UK construction industry and a low period for us, in export.
“We are now in a strong position to grow, create wealth and skilled jobs in the local economy.”
Enterprising Barnsley’s business development manager, Steve Hawkins said: “It is fantastic to see an established Barnsley company investing in its workforce in a comprehensive way to support immediate and long-term growth. We are extremely happy to support Naylor’s investment in people.”
Naylor’s leading export products include Denlock, a jacking pipe which can be driven under roads and pavements the company’s chemical and thermal resistant ceramic pipe, Hathernware.
Enterprising Barnsley is supported financially by the EU and has attracted over £2M investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development. Naylor Industries was placed in the latest HSBC Sunday Times’ Track 200 list of fastest-growing British exporters and gained a recent accolade as exporter of the year at the Made in Yorkshire awards.
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