This summer the Mayor of North Walsham, Sallie Stuckey, and Deputy Mayor Mary Seward, visited the team at Ladbrook.
Here is Michael Peake showing them around the factory floor.
The Mayor recognised the longevity of the business in North Walsham which has been providing employment for many local people over that time (see our Facebook post about one of them), and also the determination of everyone working in the company to make it succeed.
Ladbrook are always looking to strengthen their position in the UK manufacturing sector and recent restructuring of the management team has been part of that continual evolution. With an increasingly diverse client base, both in the UK and overseas, it is important to remain flexible and demonstrate a willingness to adapt to a client’s need.
Patrick Johnson is now a director of the company and has joined the board of Ladbrook Manufacturing as Works Director. With 30 years of service Patrick has seen many phases in the evolution of the company and is excited about the future: “We have made large scale investment on the factory floor in complimentary techniques to our core business, and strategic changes to our sales and marketing structure, all of which are reaping rewards. Ladbrook has been in positive transition for some time as we look to position the business to take on new challenges, in particular the use of different materials. The management restructure is a natural progression of our ongoing commitment to our clients and employees.”
Mark Greenwood with 39 years of service has been promoted to Works Manager and Michael Peake 12 years of service, is now Commercial Manager. In all, 75 years of experience are taking the helm of the business and are supported by 3rd generation family member Jane Turrell who continues to manage company finances.
While other businesses in the manufacturing sector have suffered from the trend of out sourcing to Asia and the economic downturn of recent years, Ladbrook has continued to grow. This ability to respond to changing client needs and markets is proving successful.