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Professional Polishing Services Ltd, the UK market leader in mechanical stainless steel surface finishing is fighting back against the ‘Doom and Gloom’ and is determined to celebrate manufacturing success. The company has decided that ahead of their 30th ‘birthday’ in 2013, this year is the ideal time to take stock of exactly what their team has achieved and to look forward towards future planned investment.
“Whilst the UK is not out of the woods yet, 2011 and 2012 show that manufacturing can be profitable and based on this we are able to re-invest profits in people and plant and look forward.” said Managing Director, Kirsty Davies-Chinnock. “In the last six months we have won a Manufacturing Excellence Award, been finalists for two other manufacturing awards and I am also very pleased to have been short-listed as an IOD SME Regional Director of the Year.”
Whilst it’s good news now, this hasn’t always been the case for the Smethwick based company. Following on from the start of the recession like many other businesses they suffered a considerable drop in turnover and had to make redundancies. “Fortunately we were able to re-employ three quarters of the people we did make redundant within nine months.” said Kirsty, “As you can imagine with a fairly small team this period was very bleak.”
The success the Company has enjoyed since is down to the loyalty, belief and flexibility of the team as a whole. PPS knew that to come through this difficult period and to not only survive, but prosper and grow, effective strategy and communication would be the life-blood of the business. Additional training was put into place for the management team to increase their leadership skills, and the commercial team focus on continuous personal development.
“We are stronger as a team than ever before.” Kirsty comments, “Whilst I never thought I would say this, the recession in one way was a good thing; it’s reignited our passion and determination and removed any complacency.”
During 2012 Professional Polishing Services Ltd plan to build on their success in 2011 and cement plans for future investment. They are exploring new markets both within the UK and in mainland Europe, and have various development projects in the pipeline.