When did you realise the Coronavirus could be a problem for you and your business?
We knew straightaway that it was going to be a problem and we were very aware that it would impact the whole economy and we began to prepare for what that could mean for our business and our team.
What has been your plan to continue?
We decided early on that because many of our customers are in key industries including medical and transport that we needed to adapt, keep abreast of restrictions and changes and carry on as we would need to ensure that they had the necessary equipment we manufacture for them. We also decided it was time to get innovative and we brainstormed some product ideas which we felt would help at this time - and especially as it became clear that while lockdown was imposed quickly, recovery would not be quick. We came up with the idea of the KoronaGadget which enables people to 'be touch free' and reduce the worry of touching multiple hard surfaces on a daily basis as we come out of lockdown. We recognised that fear was going to be a huge issue.
How have you changed your business as the weeks are passing?
We have strict health and safety procedures in place anyway so it was not too much of a stretch to implement social distancing, more frequent hand washing and providing any necessary PPE. We've also looked at some of our internal procedures and made some changes there. The KoronaGadget has also made us consider marketing in a way we have not previously. Bringing a prototype to market so quickly is unusual and we needed to spread the word. We've already sold thousands of these gadgets.
Have you accessed any government support or funding?
We know there is support out there however, to date, we've not needed to do this and we will only explore that option should it become necessary. There are businesses out there which really do need help at the moment and we've been able to leave that funding for them at this stage.
What have you seen about business which has been positive?
For our business, we've been lucky and seen an increase in medical sales and we have explored new opportunities – the KoronaGadget. However, we've been thrilled by the support from the local community about our new product and for the way in which the local media have supported us in getting the word out there. It's much appreciated.
What have you seen about business which has been negative?
Some companies in different locations (Scotland/Wales) have commented on social media that it is not fair that different areas have been given different guidance. So that has been confusing I think. Otherwise we have a positive ethos and are trying to stay positive.
What can we do to help each other?
That's easy - be understanding and kind in business and in life generally.
Your parting thought?
We will get through this.
So happy that we can help our favourite local postie Julie, to 'Be Touch Free' with KoronaGadget! www.koronagadget.com
The New KoronaGadget promotion video has just dropped with even more uses. Please visit our shop for more details and purchasing
We’re very proud and excited to announce that we are now ‘Made in Britain’ registered! We got the confirmation on Monday and couldn’t wait to start getting the logo out there!!
The past few weeks have seen many people facing challenges they never thought they would have to face. Everyone wants to do their bit to help in any way they can and for us here at S&B, that has meant continuing work to fulfil customer orders. We manufacture many essential products for sectors including medical, healthcare and utilities. A large amount of the products our customers manufacture are essential in keeping the country operational. We have customers who make ventilators, air cleaning products & London Underground who need to ensure the trains keep running so key workers can commute to and from work.
We’ve been very strict in assuring everyone adheres to government guidelines (social distancing & hand washing etc.) as the health & well being of our staff, customers and community is our main priority.
It’s testament to our amazing workforce that they have adapted to the current requirements effortlessly and continue to work every day to do their bit to help others.
S&B this month visited Amada`s UK site to understand the latest technology that could assist current production and future projects. Amada are a world leading manufacturer of comprehensive sheet metal machinery and we already have number of these in service from punching to bending
‘Thank you for taking the time to come and visit us last week for a business review. We are starting to pick up in Q/2 2020 and hope to see some of these orders very soon.
With regard to your Quality Levels between 01.02.2019 and 31.01.2020, I am very pleased to pass on to you that out of 9702 parts received in total only 18 pieces were rejected. This gives you a Quality Rating of 99.82% which is a fantastic achievement. Could you please pass on our thanks to all of your Staff at Sweetnam & Bradley for their care and attention to detail in their work, this is Excellent Customer Service.
With best regards,
Elaine (Rail Sector)’
Want to be part of an ambitious & ever growing company? If so, we have an opening in our Estimating Department & would welcome your application!
Sweetnam & Bradley Limited are the Premier Sheet Metal Fabricator and Finisher in the South-West of England. We are looking for an Estimator to join our forward thinking team. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our Customer and Supplier relationships and this culture is underpinned by a low turnover of staff within the company. The successful candidate will be pragmatic in their approach and have experience in engineering, ideally in the sheet metal industry. They will report directly to the Business Development Director and will play an instrumental role in the success and growth of the company.
Over recent weeks, we have been putting together a group who’ll work together to improve current safety measures as well as identify &solve any health and safety issues that may arise here at Sweetnam &Bradley. We have employees from several different areas of the company who all bring unique perspectives to the group. It’s all purely voluntary so we would like to thank all the volunteers.
On site safety of employees and visitors have always been (and will always be) of the upmost importance to us – so we decided to create this group to specifically help facilitate communication of Health & Safety issues and put in place improvements.
Here they are holding their first official meeting – so deep in conversation I’m not sure they realised I was taking the photo!
We’re confident that the group are going to work brilliantly together to ensure a continued safe environment for us all.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations,which we have been members of since September 2014. FORS helps us measure and monitor performance and improve operations in order to demonstrate best practice.
Dedicated FORS Professional training equips our managers and drivers with the skills and knowledge to improve their work related road safety and to reduce the risk of collisions with other motor vehicles and, crucially,vulnerable road users.
Depending on the module, training is either classroom based or online and this month we are proud to say that our driver Graham has successful passed all 3 modules that he took: - Pedestrian Safe, LoCity Driving &Smart Driving. Well done Graham!
Fresh out the oven! At 200c for 10 minutes....there’s no soggy bottoms on these powder coated shrouds!
After a busy year here at S&B, we wanted to show all the employees that we appreciate their hard work - so lunch was on us! We had lovely Tapas at the local pub here in Malmesbury and as you can see from this picture, we all had a thoroughly good time! Here’s to a happy and productive 2020!’
Since Richard Wiltshire (Financial Director) retired at the end of October, the accounting responsibilities have been taken on by the newest member to the team, our Finance Manager Sally Jackson. Sally has fitted into the S&B team effortlessly and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience which we fully intend to put to good use!
After 40 years working at Sweetnam & Bradley Ltd., Richard Wiltshire (Financial Director) retired on the 31st October this year. He started his career with Sweetnam & Bradley in 1979 and in 1989, was part of a management buyout team.
Richard has always been a much loved part of Sweetnam & Bradley and when we learned that he had decided to retire it was hard to imagine the place without him. Hardly a day went by that Richard wasn’t making jokes about one thing or another – often having to explain the funniness of them to us!
One of the things Richard was known for here was his love of music - there was always something playing in his office! We were often intrigued by what he listened to – personally I liked the one which I’m pretty sure was a Bullfrog croaking!
To mark his retirement, we presented Richard with a personalised laser etched stainless steel record, which we designed and manufactured in-house – a one of a kind gift for a one of a kind man!
We’re all going to miss Richard immensely - he was brilliant to work with, learn from and was always willing to help you with anything. Everyone here at Sweetnam & Bradley wishes him the very best for his retirement – we all know he deserves it!
We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Ben Wilcox to Sweetnam & Bradley Limited as our new Apprentice. Ben has had previous welding experience at a local company and is looking to build upon his skills for the future. It is so important for us to invest in the next generation of skilled sheet metal workers and we will be working alongside Wiltshire College and Avon Vale Training to ensure Ben gets the best possible practical and academic training possible.
Megasteel Ltd, the UK's largest prestressing steel stockholder and distributor, has bought Malmesbury-based sheet metal manufacturer Sweetnam & Bradley Ltd.
Sweetnam & Bradley produces, assembles and finishes sheet metal. Founded in 1958, they have a long and prestigious history in the sub-contract sheet metalwork field. They pride themselves in their ability to offer a complete 'one-stop shop' for metal components and assemblies and are sheet metal work specialists.
Nigel Roberts, of Megasteel, said “We have bought Sweetnam and Bradley because it’s a great company with great people working in it. I want to keep it that way and to grow the business in the future. Nigel Johnson and Christian Olejnik are not going anywhere - they have built a brilliant business that they love and are proud of. They will remain in their current roles in the company and I am really excited about the potential. I do believe that there is a ‘little bit of magic’ and a lot of that has to do with the people who work for Sweetnam and Bradley.”
The acquisition marks a step into production for Megasteel and it will be an exciting phase in the history of our company.
For more information about Sweetnam and Bradley please see their website http://www.sweetnam-bradley.com/
Additional Pemserter 4 series
3 Amada HFE M2 5012 CNC Benders
Vixen VM42 'Jetair' Grit and Bead Blaster
Welding accredited to BS4872-1:1982
ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation
Proudly working with London Underground's Bakerloo line refurbishment: 'S&B awarded metal work contracts for Bakerloo Life Extension Project for T9 – T36. These contracts will run through to 2018.'
Haas VF-4 Vertical Machining Centre commissioned January 2015
Amada HFE 1003 3i 7 Axis Press Brake Machine commissioned October 2014
FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) Bronze Accreditation September 2014
2kW Fibre Optic Laser Cutting System commissioned (Mazak Optiplex 3015)
Renovation of existing spray shop to provide 'clean room' environment. New Tremco flooring systems laid in Powder and Solvent areas.
Dedicated CNC milling section added with additional CNC mill commissioned
Nigel Johnson and Christian Olejnik conduct a management buyout. Michael Hannon retires from the company
Achieved BS EN ISO 9001:2008 certification
Old office block completely refurbished and a further 3,500 sq. ft extension added
6,000 sq. ft extension is added to the premises. Achieved BS5750 Part 2 (Now BS EN ISO 9001:2015) certification
We become computerised in both production and administration. Our first CNC punching machine (a Pega 344) is purchased from Amada
We become the first company to occupy purpose built premises on the old station site, next to the engine shed, which is the one building remaining from the old days of the railway.
Sweetnam & Bradley start their Precision Sheet Metalwork business
Arthur Bradley and James Sweetnam form a partnership "Sweetnam & Bradley" working on electrical assemblies at their first official premises at Bristol Road Malmesbury. Both came from an electronics background with Arthur Bradley working for the BBC where he was involved with radio and the early days of television.