Barnsley fire door manufacturer invests in growth to chase £1m turnover

Barnsley fire door manufacturer invests in growth to chase £1m turnover

A Barnsley-based fire door manufacturer is investing in growth to get more doors out of the door and achieve £1 million in annual sales.

Door Solutions Group Ltd, based in Dodworth, manufactures and installs bespoke fire doors of the highest quality for schools, hospitals, universities and commercial premises.

Established in 2015, it has built a national reputation and increased sales eight-fold in six years, reaching a £650,000 turnover prior to the pandemic. It has now invested in larger premises and new technology to target £1m post-pandemic.

The company, based at Fall Bank industrial estate, has nearly doubled its workspace to 7,000 square feet by expanding into the premises next door. It has invested £220,000 in new machinery and is looking to recruit two new joiners and an apprentice to its existing team of eight.

Managing director Donovan Watkins said: “We are passionate about supplying well-made and well-fitted fire doors to our customers. We also work as consultants to architects and developers to stress the importance of customised, fully-certified fire doors in every setting.

“All our growth so far has come word of mouth and demand continues to grow alongside growing awareness of fire safety in the market.

“With improved machinery and more space for stock, our aim is to boost production and quicken our manufacturing process to get more quality fire doors out of the door.”

Door Solutions Group Ltd received £16,800 of funding towards the investment from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Donovan said: “The business grant has been very welcome at this time and we’re grateful to Enterprising Barnsley for making us aware of this financial support.”

Roger Marsh, OBE, DL Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) and NP11, said: “It is great to see our investment supporting companies like this to grow and create jobs during these challenging times.

“Many businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic, and as we strive to grow a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable economy, it is encouraging to see companies like Door Solutions Group are leading the way and are focussing on improving productivity.”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “Door Solutions Grpup Ltd is a Barnsley business with important expertise which is in demand nationwide. It’s great to see them investing in the future and creating new jobs.”

Donovan Watkins is a certified fire door inspector and has 30 years’ experience in the door set manufacturing and fitting industry.

Door Solutions Group Ltd’s previous jobs include supplying doors to the chapel at Barnsley District General, to Wagamama and other restaurants at Manchester airport, and to the new Breast Screening Unit at Lincoln County Hospital.

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