Salute our family business heroes
Managing Director, Morecambe Metals
The disastrous fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has forced James, the current figurehead of third-generation family business Morecambe Metals, to make incredibly difficult decisions. Reassess processing techniques, overheads, margins, new markets, efficiency and the introduction of a different approach and ethics on how to run the business resulted in a considerable 162 percent increase in net profit, despite lower sales volumes and turnover .
Managing Director, Industriel du Nord
David, who took over the day-to-day running of the business from his father, skillfully navigated it through the global pandemic and Brexit. The Blackburn firm, which supplies rare and obsolete parts for the industry, continued to work with essential companies such as the NHS throughout the lockdown. Despite the need to bring staff into his building throughout these months, David’s rigorous approach to health and safety helped prevent any epidemics within the team. At the same time, he continued the company’s international expansion despite Britain’s complex exit from the EU.
Managing Director, PDS CNC Engineering
Annette managed the business, which was started by her father, during the pandemic which included the loss of its main customer base: the civil aerospace industry. PDS has been able to tap into new areas such as medical, mortuary, food and robotics, developing new products and processes while retaining staff. This led Annette to create the Covid Manufacturing Cluster to help other manufacturers find work while establishing crucial supply lines for the NHS. She also raised almost £ 30,000 and over a weekend planned and delivered 15,000 meals to 3,000 children in east Lancashire in the middle of the October quarter. Far from PDS, Annette is director of the Lancashire ECorporate partnership, president of the manufacturing group and director of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.
Business Development Manager, Plumbing
Rachel’s impact on the fourth generation family business is undeniable. She was the driving force behind bringing specialty upholsterers online, offering a fully web-based service as an alternative to the company’s more traditional in-person service. vsonsultations. After launching a new CoverMyFurniture website by September 2020, sales had increased sevenfold six months later, providing a vital source of income during the pandemic.
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Digital training manager, Redmoor Health
Cameron, nephew of by Redmoor managing director, started the lockdown in Germany while demand for the company’s services has skyrocketed as the NHS and partners called for urgent help. In response, he developed a package of support that he could provide from overseas until travel restrictions were lifted. It proved so popular with nursing homes and GP practices that other areas, including Norfolk, Sussex and Salford, began to seek support from Cameron’s team.