Hitherbest is celebrating the award of £20,000 in grant funding from the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP), which will facilitate the purchase of a new, more energy-efficient punch press machine for its Telford factory.
A Hitherbest bonus scheme designed to reward staff who work effectively has yielded big gains in productivity, recent analysis suggests. Initially introduced in 2019, the scheme linked end-of-year staff bonus payments to the correct clocking of route cards on the shop floor.
BBC Online speak to Hitherbest Owner, Dr Nicky Evans
Hitherbest has featured in a BBC article discussing international trade, as the company’s base of Telford, in Shropshire, has been identified as the town or city in the UK with the highest proportion of exports going to the EU.
Hugely positive response to new Hitherbest COVID-19 products
We’ve been delighted by the positive feedback we’ve received following the recent launch of our COVID-19 products. Many businesses, local authorities and other public sector bodies have been in touch with us to find out more about our new steel stencils and hygiene stations. Initially designed for use on our own premises, these products can assist organisations to promote social distancing and good hygiene on their sites, in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Our employees are at the heart of our fabrication business. Without their skills and expertise, we simply would not be able to produce the quality fabrications that Hitherbest is known for. So, as a business, we work hard to keep hold of, and recruit, talented staff.
Hitherbest fabrications are proudly Made in the Midlands
Here at Hitherbest we are proud of our Midlands roots, having fabricated sheet metal in our Telford factory for over 33 years. Our region has excellent transport links, infrastructure and a talented community – ensuring Hitherbest has access to staff with the manufacturing skills and experience that the company needs.
Satisfying, productive, creative – why it’s great to be a woman in engineering
In the run up to International Women in Engineering Day 2019, owner and Director Dr. Nicky Evans reflects on her first year at Hitherbest and why she would like to encourage all young people to consider a career in engineering.
Hitherbest customers reap benefit of new barcode system
At Hitherbest we strive to offer the best possible customer service and are constantly looking for ways to improve our processes, deliver efficiencies and guarantee that our products exceed the high quality-standards expected. Which is why we are delighted to have introduced a new labelling system to simplify Goods Out and our customers’ Goods In.
An embossed logo on your fabrication will make your branding last
Over recent months the Hitherbest team have received a number of enquiries and requests from customers regarding the embossing of sheet metal fabrications. Many of our savvy customers are considering shifting to embossing as a means of branding products with their company logo, and are turning their backs on less durable alternatives such as stickers.
Hitherbest joins the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
At Hitherbest we are proud of our Shropshire heritage. Since the company was established in 1985 it has been based in Telford, where there are excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and the company has access to a labour market rich with people with the manufacturing and engineering skills the company needs.
Taking steps to save energy and to minimise the environmental impact of business are essential to tackle climate change, but also make good business sense. That’s why at Hitherbest we are celebrating securing two grants containing money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which will part-pay for improvements to our West Midlands manufacturing facility.
Here at Hitherbest, we are committed to offering our customers the very best in sheet metal fabrication and are constantly investing in new technologies to ensure that the quality of our production is the best of British.
From prototyping to production – the benefits of partnering with Hitherbest
Here at Hitherbest, we pride ourselves in catering for the entire manufacturing process from inception to production. This means that from the very first prototype to the final product, you can be assured of accuracy, quality and compatibility no matter how complex the project.
Hitherbest – Representing the very best in Quality Sheet metal Fabrication
When it comes to sheet metal fabrication, there is one thing that stands out above all else in terms of importance – quality. Although increased competition from overseas competitors has given UK manufacturers access to lower cost solutions, this often comes at a compromise as the quality of production may not always be of the standards demanded. This can cost both time and money in the long term, as well as undermining the reputation of companies in some case.
Why 2018 is looking great for British Manufacturing
With the much talked-about Brexit negotiations far from completed and the clock ticking on the deadline to have everything in place, it is easy to assume that the outlook for British manufacturing is anything but optimistic. All the evidence, however, indicates that in fact 2017 was one of the best years ever for the ‘Made in Britain’ badge and the trend looks set to continue into 2018 and beyond. So what is it that makes British manufacturing so important and why should more companies seek to keep production within the UK – not just for the short term, but for the foreseeable future? We take a closer look.
3 Reasons why ‘Made in Britain’ matters more than ever
In a world where the manufacturing market is flooded by cheap (often imitation) goods from countries such as China, car manufacturers have become a homogenous blend due to the boardroom goings on of massive, faceless investment boards and numerous production lines have been shifted elsewhere in Europe and beyond to take advantage of lower labour costs, it is easy to come the to the conclusion that the ‘Great’ has gone from Britain and that ‘Made in Britain’ no longer matters.
Sheet metal forming is a broadly used term that is used to refer to a wide range of metalworking processes that are used to manufacture parts, components and finished products for numerous applications including industrial fittings and housings, vehicle components, office equipment and household appliances to name but a few.
Increasing hire rate as confidence in UK industry rises
From small manufacturers to large-scale producers, the UK manufacturing industry is both creating and filling jobs at a year-and-a-half record level. The report was written by research group IHS Markit shows growing confidence and optimism among Uk based manufacturers.
Despite much misleading information, did you know that manufacturing currently makes up around 25% of UK GDP? With an estimated 2.6 million people employed directly in UK manufacturing, many UK SMEs are keen to bring their manufacturing back to the UK.