Catering equipment manufacturer Craven & Co was due to welcome an MP to its premises this morning.
Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, is set to visit the Yorkshire’s firm’s factory before making a statement on manufacturing, exports and recruitment of local apprenticeships.
Following a tour of the company’s production facilities, Jones is expected to address the qualities of British manufacturing and the skills challenges facing the sector.
Craven & Co remains the UK’s top producer of shelving and storage for catering purposes, growing its sales by 40% over the past year.
Production now runs from 6am-11pm every day and weekend working has been introduced to cope with demand for its products from across Europe.
In recent weeks, the company has invested £100,000 in a robot spot welding machine to increase shelf production in order to fulfil its order book.
Jones’ visit is extremely timely as far Craven is concerned. While it has managed to successfully compete against Far East manufacturers and expand its business, it admits to experiencing some difficulty recruiting engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships from its own community.