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Visit from the North Walsham Mayor

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.

Update on our management team.

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.

AJ in Australia – Final thank you

I’m now back on UK soil after an amazing seven months playing cricket and working in Australia!

I had couple weeks catching up with family and friends, where I got to belatedly celebrate my Birthday, Christmas and Easter all in one day!

I’m grateful to now be back working for Ladbrook Manufacturing again as an operator, working on lots of different projects and it is going well.

My ‘UK’ Cricket season has started and this season, after being asked to join, I signed to play for Bradfield Cricket Club. I already have past history with the club as this is where I first started and got my love for cricket! All is going well, and I’m getting to open the batting and bowling and my highest run score so far is 114 not out with total runs of 351 for the season to date, and I’ve taken 22 wickets.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ladbrook Manufacturing for their kind generosity of sponsorship, enabling me to pursue my cricket career in Australia.

I would also like to thank you, the readers, for taking an interest in reading my Blog and following my seven months in Australia .

Thank you all.


AJ in Australia – March Report

I only now have 2 weeks left in sunny Oz.

Last week we had our semi final game against A Grade side Ex Students CC, the match was played over 2 days – Saturday and Sunday – we won the toss and batted first, unfortunately we only got 171 runs with the highest score being 72.

On the Sunday we gave it our all in the field but some unfortunate dropped catches meant it just wasn’t going to be our day. Ex Students won the game comfortably. In the subsequent final they lost to a strong Glengarry side, so I’d like to say a huge congratulations to Glengarry Cricket Club on a great season,  well done fellas!

Our club’s B and C Grade sides both won their semi-finals. B Grade side losing in a thrilling final with the very last ball of the game, and C Grade falling short by 30 runs.

All 3 teams gave a great effort in their matches and it was fantastic to have so much support from family, friends and supporter’s, there was a great spirit all around the club.

This coming weekend we our presentation evening it will be so good to see everyone at the ground over a few drinks or 2! As the following weekend I will be getting ready to fly back home and to start my cricket season  with Cromer.

I only have 10 more days at work, I’m currently working in a town called Warragul, days can be long when the temperature is in high 30’s and Australia’s strict health and safety regulations mean we have to wear hi-vis long sleeves top and long work trousers! At the end of a hot day its shorts, flip flops and a cold beer around a pool!! Lets hope I can bring the good weather back with me to the UK!!

GdDay for now! catch up with you for my last blog in 2 weeks time