British catering equipment producer Craven & Co has been praised for the quality of its products and increasing jobs in the local area by an MP who visited the company’s factory last week.
Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said Craven & Co was “exactly the kind of business we need to rebalance the UK economy,” as he gave a speech at the company’s 50,000 sq ft premises on Friday.
Craven & Co is one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of storage and handling equipment for the catering industry and Jones came to inspect new production lines including a newly-bought £100,000 robot spot welding machine.
The investment in new machinery comes during a period of significant growth for Craven & Co, whose bespoke and standard wire and metal shelving is used mostly by the catering, medical and education sectors.
Sales have increased by 40% in a year, which has led to a 10% increase in jobs plus expanded shifts and weekend working.
The company boasts that all its products are made of quality all-British materials and has recently won a number of orders over competition from China.
Jones added: “I have been impressed by what I’ve seen and by how the company has developed quality product manufacturing in this area. As a nation, we are slowly pulling out of the recession and this is exactly the kind of business we need to rebalance our economy."
He acknowledged that Craven & Co wanted to further expand its skilled workforce from among the local community — especially manufacturing and engineering apprentices — and to this end was developing links with local sources of employees.