It’s over 45 years since leading cleaning equipment manufacturer Numatic International Limited first started in Somerset – and its turnover has grown every year. The company that is famous for its Henry vacuum cleaner, launched in 1969 with just a few staff. Today, it has 950 employees.
Manufacturing Manager Andrew L Smith says, “Numatic is a successful UK manufacturer. In fact, we are now the only company producing vacuum cleaners in high volume in the UK. From our factory in Chard we export over 40% of our wide range of products to countries throughout the world.”
The benefits of the business being in Somerset include:
- A stable and motivated workforce who value the quality of life
- South Somerset’s tradition of engineering and manufacturing
- Good provision of further education
Numatic International manufactures a wide range of cleaning equipment for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets. Innovative products are developed and manufactured using the latest computerised technology. Rigorous testing plus years of experience ensure efficient operation and a long working life.
Numatic International receives excellent support from local business groups including Somerset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, EEF Western, Somerset & Dorset Manufacturing Network and the South West Manufacturing Network. It also has backing from the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service. Somerset’s efficient transport links mean that London, Birmingham and the far West Country are all within two hours. “This makes links to other key business centres very easy and we have all of the delights of the South West Peninsula on our doorstep as well,” says Mr Smith.
Businesses should consider relocating to Somerset because it brings clear benefits. “Somerset’s lifestyle, together with its good schools, is likely to lead to a stable and well-motivated workforce. I personally have spent a third of my life in Oxfordshire, a third in Warwickshire and the latest third in Somerset – and there is no way that I would willingly leave Somerset now,” Mr Smith adds.