An award-winning company is targeting a spotless future after receiving a five-figure donation to boost an already successful trading outlook.
Connect2Cleanrooms, whose head office is based in Halton, Lancaster, has recently been awarded £31,346 from the Lancashire Business Growth Fund (LBGF).
That money will go towards the purchase of business management software and hardware as well as its subsequent implementation. In addition, a further six jobs are to be created with the company’s total investment coming in at £156,733.
The process is one which continues the company’s recent impressive growth. Established in 2002, it took on 22 new employees in 2015 to effectively double the staff level with 45 workers currently on the payroll.
“We plan to continue that growth,”
comments Sean Fryers, the Marketing Manager.
“What we’re doing now is putting the system in place and the six new people coming in are going to help us grow this business even more”.
“We’ve enjoyed some rapid, rapid growth but the building blocks have now been put in place and these are exciting times. We want to automate a lot of the processes; the system is going to be fully integrated with the website and it’s a CRM (customer relationship management) system as well.
“Every touchpoint a customer has goes through that system; for example an order can go through from the CRM which will let the warehouse know to dispatch the order or the accounts
department to process some paperwork.
“As systems grow there tends to be duplication with people not speaking to each other but this is going to be seamless, building and consolidating on the good work that’s been done before.”
The company’s work is based around providing cleanrooms, facilities which are typically used in manufacturing or scientific research, with a low level of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapours. They supply firms in the manufacturing, electronics, pharmaceuticals, laboratory, healthcare and energy industries. Their work goes across the whole cleanroom process from design to installation, providing clients with bespoke facilities which meet their particular needs and requirements.
Although the head office is based in Lancaster, the company boasts a regional office in Towcester as well as a German presence.
An estimated 60 per cent of their work is done within the UK, they have cleanrooms across Europe and further afield, including North America, South America and Africa.
They successfully completed a project for an Egyptian-based client, providing a bespoke cleanroom that not only gained approval from the relevant authorities but also allowed that customer to produce the products they needed to.
It’s part of a positive feedback process which the company hopes to develop – not just through the products provided but the way in which it does so, using the ever-changing technological landscape.
“This system has let us put everything in place to help us achieve our growth plans,”
added Jeni Thomas, the company’s Content Marketing Executive.
“These plans are global and are to help us continue to be the sector’s market leaders.
“We feel we are the market leaders because the service that we offer is not just about the cleanrooms, it’s the whole process.
“There is the ongoing maintenance, the MOT and the training that we offer to the customer because all of that is how we will progress and meet our international targets.
“We launched the first cleanroom app in the App Store; we are delivering innovative solutions for our customer base. We want to work with our customers and find the best possible solutions.”
As well as an ever-lengthening client list, the company’s efforts have been rewarded externally.
It was a two-time winner at the Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) in 2014 and has also triumphed at the Red Rose Awards.
“For us, that’s validation of what we’ve done through the year and it’s physical evidence for the customer that we’re being recognized by other bodies.
“The company is becoming a recognized employer within the community; we’ve got some really good people with expertise who work hard and are proud to work here.
“This donation will help us grow further and gear us up for the next stage in our development.”
The Regional Growth Fund-supported Lancashire Business Growth Fund is a programme offering capital investment grants and international trade support to businesses across the county.
The programme has been launched by the county’s two accredited Chambers of Commerce – East Lancashire and North & Western Lancashire – in partnership with Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and is intended to create 600 new jobs and safeguard a further 200.
Its key aim is to accelerate the creation of sustainable jobs by encouraging companies to bring forward growth projects on a bigger scale with a larger impact at a time when those jobs are most needed.
Businesses bidding for grants from the scheme can claim up to 20 per cent of the total project costs with the remaining costs leveraged from the bank or investment.
To be eligible for the programme, projects must involve the acquisition of new premises, infrastructure, machinery, expansion or another suitable form of capital investment.
Businesses are also required to demonstrate how many jobs will be created through the project in order to be accepted onto the scheme.
For more information about LBGF Grant funding please contact Stephanie Warrington
at [email protected] or 01254 356473