Following the recent government announcement of a fall in the unemployment figures, BBC Points West visited Smart Architectural Aluminiums plant in Yatton, North Somerset to see if the company's experience mirrored this national trend.
In commenting on the economic figures, Smart's Managing Director, Eddie Robinson outlined not only the company’s impressive record (it is now the UK’s leading supplier of aluminium systems) but also plans for the third major development of its site in just eight years. He said: “On the back of a sustained period of growth, this planned expansion will add around fifty percent to our overall manufacturing capacity through the installation of a third aluminium extrusion press and second paint line. Power for the plant will be generated by an on-site wind turbine, the supply of renewable energy being a critical factor in our drive to become a carbon neutral manufacturer.
“Once complete, the new development will also effectively double the number of permanent staff on site in Yatton, with our workforce increasing to around 400 skilled staff. We have worked extremely closely both with North Somerset Council’s Economic Development team and our local councillors in the development of these plans and we’re now looking forward to bringing them to fruition and to delivering these new jobs to the region”.
The proposed 15,000m² development follows the company’s relocation to a green field site in 2005 and subsequent expansion to its current 30,000m² facility in 2010.
Watch the full report below.