Ollerton firm to take on new staff after rise in orders

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The UK market leader in commercial and industrial chimneys is on a recruitment drive after seeing a rise in the amount of ‘bread and butter’ contracts it has won recently.

A1 Flue Systems is looking to add as many as five new faces to its 140-strong team who estimate, design, engineer, manufacture and install the flue and exhaust systems that are made at its 54,000 sq. ft. factory in Ollerton.

The company – which is currently installing a temporary flue system at London’s iconic Battersea Power Station in the first phase of the £2m project – has won a string of awards for its manufacturing excellence and is looking for people to join its engineering, estimating, design and manufacturing teams.

Director TJ Duncan-Moir said that the company is experiencing strong growth because it has remained true to its guiding principles of excellence, pride, passion and precision, which set the company apart as the UK’s market leader.

He said: “We finished 2015 strongly after seeing our order book reach a record-breaking £5.2m worth of live projects – which was more than 60 per cent up on the same period in the previous year.

“And 2016 has continued in the same vein, with A1 securing a large number of contracts.

“Securing prestigious projects, such as providing both temporary and permanent flue and chimney systems as part of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, is a huge boost for our business. It provides a great platform for us to showcase our engineering, design, manufacturing and installation capabilities and the reason why we are the UK market leader.

“However, what we see as our ‘bread and butter’ business is just as important because contracts for schools, hospitals, hotels and office blocks up and down the UK account for the vast majority of our revenue.

“Over the last 12 months, we have seen the average value of a project roughly double to around £60,000.”

A1 Flue Systems’ recruitment drive will see the company seek recommendations from its workforce because it sees the value of having employees from the local community – which is one of the reasons it has become one of the largest employers in Ollerton.

Fellow director John Hamnett said: “We set the highest engineering, design and manufacturing standards for our business, and we can confidently say that they are head and shoulders above those of the rest of the industry. The new recruits will go through our Flue School programme so that they understand why we’re so driven to be the very best.

“It’s an exciting time to join A1 Flue Systems and a great opportunity to be part of a team that is working on some of the most challenging, but ultimately rewarding, projects in the UK and beyond.”