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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Visits Robinson Manufacturing

We were delighted to host a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to our RML West Midlands factory yesterday afternoon (7th July).

The visit coincided with the anniversary of the Chancellor’s announcement of a range of schemes to protect, support and create jobs across the UK and help people gain the skills they need to get into work through scheme such as the Kickstart programme.

Robinson Manufacturing (RML) took on board the Kickstart scheme hoping to identify some potential talent who may stay with the business as it continued to grow, as well as giving us a platform to raise the profile of careers in the construction supply chain.

After a private meeting with CEO Simon Kidney, the Chancellor was given a tour of our West Midlands factory by Head of Production Jamie Wilkins and Sarah Horden, Head of Design.

He also wanted to meet some of the young people who have been on the Kickstart programme at RML and chatted with three who have moved from the programme into full-time work with the company:

  • Josh Richards, who works in Timber Frame Production is 24 and was doing agency work when he decided to apply for the Kickstart programme. Agency work is notoriously insecure financially; with no certainty of income from one hour to the next, and Josh has a little boy, turning 2 this year, to provide for. Josh enjoyed the programme, picked up the skills needed to do well in the business quickly and gets on well within the team.
  • Hayley Owen, also 24, lost her job in retail to the pandemic last year, and was looking for a job, any job, to stay in employment. The Kickstart programme gave her the chance to try something completely different from retail. Hayley has loved every minute of her placement and has particularly enjoyed the teamwork and support from her new colleagues in RML’s Estimating and Design office. Learning administration skills has certainly been a change from retail, and she is looking forward  to training as a joist designer.
  • Beth Charmling graduated from university last year at 21 into the midst of the pandemic and applied unsuccessfully for hundreds of jobs before going on to Universal Credit. It was the DWP that suggested she try the Kickstart programme and she was quickly successful in getting placed at RML. She has very much enjoyed learning the ropes in the Customer Experience team, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn great communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

RML’s CEO Simon Kidney explained how the scheme has worked for the business: “We’ve been really pleased with the scheme and large number of the first cohort of Kickstarters have already accepted permanent full-time jobs with us. Some of the youngsters really are exceptional and we are looking forward to taking on another large group of young people through the programme very soon.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented:

“This time last year we faced a potential tidal wave of job losses with the UK on the brink of a financial crisis like no other in history. But we made a Plan for Jobs, we stuck to that plan and it’s working – supporting more than 14.5 million jobs to date and helping people in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands and across the UK gain the skills they need to get back into work.”

SME Focus Interview

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Visits Robinson Manufacturing

We were delighted to host a visit from Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to our RML West Midlands factory yesterday afternoon (7th July).

The visit coincided with the anniversary of the Chancellor’s announcement of a range of schemes to protect, support and create jobs across the UK and help people gain the skills they need to get into work through scheme such as the Kickstart programme.

Robinson Manufacturing (RML) took on board the Kickstart scheme hoping to identify some potential talent who may stay with the business as it continued to grow, as well as giving us a platform to raise the profile of careers in the construction supply chain.

After a private meeting with CEO Simon Kidney, the Chancellor was given a tour of our West Midlands factory by Head of Production Jamie Wilkins and Sarah Horden, Head of Design.

He also wanted to meet some of the young people who have been on the Kickstart programme at RML and chatted with three who have moved from the programme into full-time work with the company:

  • Josh Richards, who works in Timber Frame Production is 24 and was doing agency work when he decided to apply for the Kickstart programme. Agency work is notoriously insecure financially; with no certainty of income from one hour to the next, and Josh has a little boy, turning 2 this year, to provide for. Josh enjoyed the programme, picked up the skills needed to do well in the business quickly and gets on well within the team.
  • Hayley Owen, also 24, lost her job in retail to the pandemic last year, and was looking for a job, any job, to stay in employment. The Kickstart programme gave her the chance to try something completely different from retail. Hayley has loved every minute of her placement and has particularly enjoyed the teamwork and support from her new colleagues in RML’s Estimating and Design office. Learning administration skills has certainly been a change from retail, and she is looking forward  to training as a joist designer.
  • Beth Charmling graduated from university last year at 21 into the midst of the pandemic and applied unsuccessfully for hundreds of jobs before going on to Universal Credit. It was the DWP that suggested she try the Kickstart programme and she was quickly successful in getting placed at RML. She has very much enjoyed learning the ropes in the Customer Experience team, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn great communication skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

RML’s CEO Simon Kidney explained how the scheme has worked for the business: “We’ve been really pleased with the scheme and large number of the first cohort of Kickstarters have already accepted permanent full-time jobs with us. Some of the youngsters really are exceptional and we are looking forward to taking on another large group of young people through the programme very soon.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented:

“This time last year we faced a potential tidal wave of job losses with the UK on the brink of a financial crisis like no other in history. But we made a Plan for Jobs, we stuck to that plan and it’s working – supporting more than 14.5 million jobs to date and helping people in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands and across the UK gain the skills they need to get back into work.”

SME Leaders 20

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SME Leaders 20

RML is delighted to have been included in the SME Leaders 20, a leader board of excellence run in association with Azets, the UK’s largest regional SME accounting and business advisory firm.

The leader board was created to identify and celebrate the achievements of individual and business leadership teams before, during and as we come out of these difficult times.

We would like to thanks Azets and Growing Business Intelligence for recognising leadership at RML and share congratulations to everyone joins us on the leaderboard.

And the Winner is… RML!

And the Winner is… RML!

Robinson Manufacturing are very proud to have won the Finance Transaction of the Year award at the 2019 Finance Awards in Milton Keynes last night. The award was won for the acquisition led by CEO Simon Kidney in January of the assets of ETFS, National Hickman’s joist manufacturing arm, owned by US firm Masonite.

Simon explained the rationale behind the deal: “Almost entirely complementary to RML’s manufacturing operation, ETFS gave us an immediate and substantial boost in manufacturing capacity available to housebuilders across the West Midlands.”

Despite cultural and legal hurdles inevitable with a transatlantic deal, as well as the complexity of extracting a subsidiary company from Masonite’s UK arm, RML closed the deal in just 10 working days, on 29th January 2019. The deal was essentially self-funding, with the assets-only purchase significantly strengthening RML’s cash position.

“Since the deal went through, the ETFS team have been welcomed into the RML family, strengthening our senior leadership team,” Simon continued. “We are delighted to say we have been able to capitalise on our investment in the additional production capacity to bring in many more truss and joist joint deals so the deal has proven its worth to Robinson Manufacturing many times over.”

The Awards, organised by ICAEW, Robert Walters, RSM and HSBC, are an annual event highlighting outstanding businesses that contribute to the economy and employment in the region.

What House Interview

What House Interview

This month’s edition of ShowHouse Magazine features an interview with Robinson Manufacturing’s CEO, Simon Kidney as the Supply Chain feature.

The chief executive of Robinson Manufacturing may have taken an unconventional route into the timber industry, but, as GEORGE SELL discovers, fresh perspectives can often reap rewards for established companies. Simon Kidney, chief executive of truss and joist specialist Robinson Manufacturing, has taken one of the more unusual routes to a career with a leading supplier to the housebuilding industry that we have featured in this column….

You can download the full interview here.