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.
While the prospect of a no-deal Brexit could potentially be very damaging to the regional economy, in the BBC article Hitherbest owner, Dr Nicky Evans, explains that her company is in a good position to manage the economic fallout. Hitherbest serves mainly domestic customers and where risks have been identified, largely in the supply chain, the management team has taken steps to protect stocks.
In addition, Hitherbest has benefited from a trend among UK manufacturers, both local and further afield, to source components domestically – a phenomenon known as reshoring. “Historically, a number of businesses with a base, or headquarters, in the UK have sought to take advantage of lower labour costs overseas and obtained the fabricated metal parts that they need from abroad, including from EU countries. However, the uncertainty around Brexit has led them to reconsider their strategy and look again at UK suppliers. We’ve received a number of enquiries from companies looking to bring their manufacturing back to the UK, who are looking for a dependable and trusted partner. We’re really proud of our record for customer service and are able to offer them what they are looking for.”
On average, Hitherbest scored in excess of 4.8/5 for service in a 2020 survey of its customers. The company is BSI certified to ISO 9001 (2015) and has an experienced management team committed to a cycle of continuous improvement.