William Rowland has signed an agreement with Barmston Developments, a joint venture between Wilton Developments and Clugston Estates to acquire land and build a state of the art new manufacturing facility at Enterprise 36 in Barnsley. This will involve relocation from the company’s current Meadow Street, Sheffield premises to a new 6.5-acre site close to Junction 36 of the M1 within the Sheffield City Region.
The company has operated from their current site since 1870 and are deemed to be one of the oldest metal trading businesses in the UK.
In line with their strategic direction and overall growth strategy, it was important to address the infrastructure to continue the current growth trajectory. The company has added several new product lines in the last two years which sees them morphing into a manufacturing business, with the addition of several new processes across its refined metals, metal powders and speciality alloys segments.
The site selection, close to the AMRC corridor is strategic in nature and the 6.5-acre site being nine times larger than current ensures a strong element of future proofing.
“It was critical we removed the obstacles to our continued growth and put ourselves in a position to help our customers and suppliers grow their businesses.
‘’In selecting the site, we had to consider our strongest asset (employees) first as without them we cannot provide the outstanding levels of expertise and service our customers are accustomed to. Additionally, we wish to become an employer of choice, and whilst we are renowned for service and stability, a modern place of work will help with that.’’ said Richard Lowe, MD for William Rowland.
William Rowland is owned by Amalgamated Metals Crop (AMC) who operate a variety of non- ferrous metals businesses globally and also offer a range of risk management services to the metals sector.
‘’Our parent company has a stable and balanced portfolio, and long term perspective which enables significant investments of this type, even when the economic climate is uncertain.
‘’The site will be fully operational in the first half of 2020, with the No.1 objective of no disruption to our valued customers. I am really confident we can achieve a move with little disruption, we are in control of the disposal of the current site and have duplicate facilities in the West Midlands from where we can build buffer inventory.’’
“This move has been discussed with our customers and suppliers who have been really supportive”, said Lowe.
The company is being supported by Barnsley Council’s Enterprising Barnsley investment team, who has provided help and advice alongside specialist business coaching.
Cllr Roy Miller, Barnsley Council Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re delighted that the company has chosen to expand to Barnsley and look forward to supporting their future growth. Their decision to move to the borough is great news, and we welcome the new opportunities this will bring to our local jobs market and Barnsley’s economy.”
The expansion has also been supported through the Sheffield City Region, Business Investment Fund.
James Muir, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are delighted to support this development with a grant of £250,000 to enable Willian Rowland to expand its business.
“This is one of the oldest trading metal companies in the world and we are proud that William Rowland has selected the Sheffield City Region to base and grow its business, capitalising on its home-grown expertise and local supply chain.
“The Local Growth Fund is transformative and a great example of how the Mayoral Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership are working together to create growth and sustainability in the Region.”
By 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund. There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England, which are investing LGF money in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.
Barmston Developments will also be delivering 77,000 sq ft and 41,500 sq ft industrial units in this phase at Enterprise 36, due for completion at the end of the year, whilst in addition fully preparing the ground for a 105,000 sq ft unit which could be started promptly.
The units are being built to a high specification and are being supported by Barnsley Council’s Property Investment Fund. The units are available To Let or For Sale and are being marketed by CPP Sheffield and the Leeds office of CBRE.