The company said: ‘Lockdown has proved to be a very busy period for many British manufacturers and What More UK is no exception. We’ve had to increase production to keep up with demand and, on top of that, we’ve even found capacity to produce personal protective equipment for the NHS.
‘Over the past few months, we’ve had to put on extra shifts to keep our distribution partners fully stocked and now we are taking on more staff to help us keep up. We supply major UK retailers and many others in foreign countries. Germany in particular is an important market for the firm.
‘While economists are predicting hard times ahead, we have ramped up our investment in staff and machinery and have even begun a new construction project to link up our existing buildings 5 and 6.’
What More UK director Tony Grimshaw OBE commented: “The order book is looking healthy and we’re hoping to take on another 35 members of staff across the company to help us maintain our service record. We’re working hard to build our business and that way we’ll be prepared for the future.”
“One of the most positive projects is our apprenticeship scheme which offers local school leavers a route to a stable career in engineering. The previous cohort have now all become fully-fledged engineers, either in the bakeware tool room where we recently invested in several pneumatic presses, or in the plastics side where we have further investments in machines and tooling planned for the near future.
“Now the previous group has graduated, we are looking for the next young engineering stars to take the first step towards a career in manufacturing.”
What More UK is the owner of the storage brand Wham and also produces kitchenware, gardenware, and products for the home laundry and utility room.