Simon Mitchell, founder, Bear Metals Ltd
Simon Mitchell, founder, Bear Metals Ltd

“Rapid” growth for Yorkshire manufacturing business as sales hit £1m

A Yorkshire balcony and balustrade manufacturing and installation business has hit the £1m milestone after less than 4 years of trading.

Founded in 2017, Bear Metals Ltd saw a gap in the domestic homes market for design-led handcrafted products and the business has seen “rapid” growth in this sector.

The company now has its sights firmly set on securing more commercial contracts through its holding company SM Industries.

Bear Metals has seen swift growth year on year, expanding from a table top business with one employee manufacturing Juliet balconies to a £1m turnover company with 14 employees and 3 manufacturing sites in Bradford, Morley and Birstall.

Simon Mitchell, founder and managing director, Bear Metals Ltd commented: “We are delighted to hit this significant milestone in our young business during a global pandemic and its testament to the hard work and passion of the entire team.

“We saw a big uplift in sales during the pandemic when customers were in lock down and sought home projects, but this is only a small part of our success story.

“We have the manufacturing infrastructure in place, as well as a fleet of vehicles with plans to further expand and grow our domestic business and to service bigger commercial contracts both regionally and nationally.

“It’s an exciting time for the business and we are already planning the launch to market of innovative, new bespoke systems and look forward to investing further in our growth plans.”

The product range is designed by a 5-strong team and finished in-house using UK sourced materials for complete quality control.

Early success in the commercial market regionally has seen the company win a £150k project at a Ripon caravan park to supply balustrades for static caravans and a number of tenders are in the pipeline both regionally and nationally.

The business has also undertaken international project work including the production of bespoke stainless steel balustrades for containers on a water and air purification station in Rwanda, Africa.

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