Barnsley’s Distinction Doors moves from warehousing to manufacturing with creation of over 40 jobs in the last three years.

Barnsley’s Distinction Doors moves from warehousing to manufacturing with creation of over 40 jobs in the last three years.

A Barnsley based composite door manufacturer has been recognised by Barnsley Council for it’s ability to embrace automation to increase business productivity. 

Tuesday 7 September saw Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture visit the site at Enterprise 36, Tankersley, to see the facility which has seen the company evolve from being a predominately warehousing company to the UK’s leading  manufacturer of GRP composite doors supplying the UK door fabrication industry. 

With the assistance of Enterprising Barnsley, Distinction Doors have benefited from Lean factory planning and manufacturing process improvement support to develop the facility to work efficiently as possible, increase profit margins and create over 40 new jobs within the last three years.

Such support has been essential in allowing the company to be able to successfully weather the economic effects of COVID-19 and provide a springboard for rapid recovery.

The company has also received the accolade of being recognised as a good employer, providing a high number of jobs to people at all levels.

Speaking at the visit, Cllr Cheetham said: “We’re delighted to see the investment that Distinction Doors have made into their facility. What they have managed to achieve is fantastic for them but fantastic for the borough as they’ve created so many jobs for people. 

“It’s great that the Enterprising Barnsley team have been able to supply them with access to the Skills Bank funding to develop their leadership and enabled them to access support to make the most of their investment and facility here in Barnsley. 

“We know there are plans for them to take this further with additional investment and we’ll be there to offer further support to them.

Helen Lovack, HR director for Distinction Doors said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Cllr Cheetham to Distinction Doors. Enterprising Barnsley has been extremely supportive over the past three years; with their backing we have grown and developed the business even during these challenging times. Staff at all levels have benefitted from the new processes, changes which have allowed individuals to flourish and others to lead with confidence. The positive impact is felt throughout the business and by suppliers and customers.”

Enterprising Barnsley, the business support arm of Barnsley Council, aims to help businesses across the borough develop and expand, generating economic growth and creating jobs.

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