Contract furniture business Top Brass has announced it plans to expand by moving into new premises four times the size of its original to cope with its rapid influx of orders.
The business, which currently resides in London, is to relocate to its new 30,000sq ft site on Oaksway Industrial Estate in Hartlepool during September this year, with the location currently undergoing a major redevelopment project to house its manufacturing facility, office space and design studio.
Backed by the Hartlepool Borough Council and the Regional Growth Fund’s Let’s Grow initiative, the company has invested ‘heavily’ in both machinery and staff.
John Harrington, director at Top Brass, said: “Our growth has been a real success story so far and has been aided by the decision to locate in Hartlepool where we find the myriad of skills and talents we need, but we are fully aware that if we stand still then we go backwards.
“Over the last or 15 years we have developed into commercial refurbishment, and 80% of our work is for hotels and the commercial sector. We won our first major contract in 2012 with an international hotel chain, and it has grown from there.
“We have invested not just in our workforce, but in our machinery as well. We service a service industry, so everything has to be spot on. You can’t invest in staff without the right tools, and vice versa.”