Dunlop BTL is a manufacturer and distributor of bearings, transmissions and linkages for the automotive, industrial, construction, agricultural and leisure markets based in Ashford, Kent.
It has grown significantly in recent years and its growth was becoming constrained by space, skills and the ability to distribute effectively via the M25. County Durham was a good location from which to expand with excellent communications for its fast response distribution arm and its proximity to customers and suppliers in the engineering industry. It will employ 60 staff in the County by 2020.
Business Durham visited the company to discuss its needs and helped it to acquire premises: the 45,000 sq ft former home of Phileas Fogg, which gives it factory, warehouse and office space in which to expand. It helped the company prepare its business plan and application for Let’s Grow RGF which awarded a grant of £250,000.
Since acquiring the property, Business Durham has introduced it to the Planning Department to discuss its future plans for growth and is helping it with its recruitment as it prepares to become operational.
Ray Mifsud, MD, commented:
I was initially surprised, but impressed, by the level of interest shown by Business Durham in my project. I quickly realised that it was on my side as project planning gathered pace and it was a valuable member of the team, adding a different and necessary perspective and experience. Our recruitment experience has been extremely positive. Our expectations were high and we have not been disappointed. Durham County Council’s Employability Team was very helpful in helping us to find the right people for the job. I am delighted to be here and all the signs are that the Consett operation is all I hoped it would be.
Photo caption: Business Durham’s inward investment manager Peter Rippingale and Dunlop BTL MD, Ray Mifsud at the new premises in Consett.