Middlesbrough firm BMM Heaters is celebrating the successful completion of a prestigious project worth £52,000 for Manchester United Football Club.
The firm, based at the Riverside Park Industrial Estate, was set up by Kevin Myers and Sean Byrne and specialises in servicing and manufacturing industrial and commercial warm air heating systems. The company is unique in that it is able to cater for large commercial contracts due to its flexibility in design and production, which enables the firm to manufacture to exact customer requirements.
BMM saw off national competition to win the high-profile contact for 19 heaters for Manchester United FC adding to the firm’s growing client base which, since launching in July, includes a number of high profile clients from a variety of sectors including, leisure, retail and the automotive industry.
The company has also secured a presence overseas and boasts a number of European clients due to Kevin and Sean’s contacts within the industry. Recently Kevin has returned from overseas where he has been working to secure further contracts.
Kevin said: “Securing this high-profile contract was a major coup for BMM, particularly in these early days. It is important for us to expand our national client base, however we are also looking to build further relationships with local businesses such as hotels, leisure centres and factories.
“We were very privileged to have been able to work with Manchester United FC, however I have received some stick from fellow Middlesbrough supporters that I know!” He added.
With nearly 30 years combined experience in the heating manufacture and service industry between them, Kevin and Sean still felt it was important to get the right support and so contacted Business Link for advice from the outset.
Neil Thompson, an account manager at Business Link’s Tees Valley Operation has been able to support the company in a number of areas including marketing, having secured subsidised consultancy towards the design of corporate marketing literature and a new website.
The company has also received a capital grant towards the purchase of a range of manufacturing machinery, including a guillotine, welder and roller. Kevin and Sean have also benefited from ongoing advice relating to ICT issues, export advice from the UK Trade and Investment team and on new product development.
“Neil’s help has be crucial in getting us established and introducing us to other useful contacts within Business Link. We have had support in a number of areas including research and development, marketing literature, website development, export and funding which has been tremendous. We are very grateful for all of their support and look forward to working with them in the future,” said Kevin.
“The industry experience and network of contacts of both Directors has led to the company having a successful start to its trading performance. However, they recognised that they required help to move the business forward and approached Business Link, to access its wide range of support, which has proved to be invaluable,” said Neil.
BMM is currently developing a range of high-energy efficient heaters with the help of Business Link’s Design and Innovation specialist, Alan Holmes. The company also has plans to bring the manufacturing facility in-house as it is currently being outsourced and to increase its eight staff to 15 over the next two years.
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