Barnsley company flexes its muscles with ambitious expansion plans

Barnsley company flexes its muscles with ambitious expansion plans

A Barnsley manufacturing company that exports its products to over 50 countries around the world is looking to double its workforce after entering new markets and securing contract wins.

Xtraflex Ltd cuts and assembles bespoke hoses for customers in diverse sectors including the pharmaceutical, marine and automotive industries. Its flexible hosing is used in the manufacture of products such as cosmetics, chocolate and other food stuffs.

Currently employing a team of nine, the company is looking to double that to 18 by the end of 2017.

Turnover is also set to grow from £1.8 million to reach just over £2.3 million by the end of 2017. The company has achieved this growth through winning more export deals and moving in to the milk production market in the UK and Ireland.

In the future, the company is looking to move to larger custom-built premises as it anticipates outgrowing their current 6000 sq ft premises at Fallbank Industrial Estate at Dodworth in Barnsley.

Xtraflex has been provided with support and guidance in business matters and help in gaining accreditations by Enterprising Barnsley, the business development arm of Barnsley Council.

Xtraflex exports to a total of 57 countries including Sweden, Spain, Canada, Australia and Singapore. The company exports 1,000 specialised safety hoses a month for the American fire brigade and also is ready to export 1.2 million metres of automotive hosing to the US and Mexico. The company has recently won a contract to supply a customer involved in milk-based production in the West Midlands and in Ireland.

Managing director, Simon Cooper, said: “We’re currently experiencing very exciting times here at Xtraflex. We’re always looking to push ourselves and grow as a business and we’re in the process of growing bigger and better than we’ve ever been.

“Because of this, we’ve obviously started to give some thought about moving to new premises but we’re not going far. We want to stay in Barnsley. We get great support and the transport links are great and really help a regular exporter like ourselves.”

Xtraflex was set up by its parent manufacturing company, Xtraflex NV, in Belgium. The two companies have recently implemented a system where they can work more in tandem, with a member of staff in Belgium being readily available online, live and acting as a member of staff for Xtraflex in Barnsley.

Simon said: “It’s great to have the guys over in Belgium on the screen all day as it means that we can work with each other and if they spot any tiny issues in any of our processes, we can rectify them before they become a problem. It’s allowing us to work much more efficiently knowing that we have an extra pair of eyes on our processes.”

One person who has benefited from the new system is graduate Nick Robins, who is currently working as sales office manager having just finished his degree in business admin. Nick is currently being taught different processes and regulations at Xtraflex via the ‘buddy system’ from the head office in Belgium.

Andy Arnold, business development manager at Enterprising Barnsley, said: “Xtraflex have some really exciting things going on at the moment from product innovation to new contract wins, so watch this space in the next year or so.

“They’re a great example of a company that is thriving in Barnsley. They tell me of all their products and countries that they export to and it’s hard to keep up.”

Enterprising  Barnsley, the business development arm of Barnsley Council, provides specialist support to businesses with growth potential.


Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Simon Cooper, managing director of Xtraflex Ltd.

For more information about Xtraflex go to or contact Simon Cooper on 07850 882324.

For further information about Enterprising Barnsley, please contact Martin Beasley on 01226 787535 or visit

Enterprising Barnsley, part of Barnsley Council, assists companies with relocation; business development; access to finance; business start-up and much more. Its award-winning team provides a practical link between business owners and a wide range of resources and support available to them in Barnsley. It can help businesses access specialist coaching. It also funds and delivers a range of business events and workshops. EB’s aim is to help Barnsley businesses develop and expand; generating economic growth and creating jobs.

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