Smashing success for Nottingham glassmaker

L-R: Simon Ratcliffe, The Smashing Glass Co, and Mel Howard, Lloyds Bank at The Smashing Glass Co factory at Glaisdale Drive East.

A Nottingham glass company is set to double productivity after securing a £315,000 funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking towards a total investment of over £500,000.

The Smashing Glass Company was established in 2002 and manufactures glass units for windows and doors across the East Midlands and Yorkshire.

Following increased demand for its specialist glass, the firm approached Lloyds Bank for a £225,000 hire purchase facility to buy a new seaming machine and IGU assembly line without impacting day-to-day cash flow.

The firm also secured an additional £90,000 hire purchase facility to add an additional robotic sealer – a machine used to seal the edges of units. The new machinery is set to boost efficiency by 20 per cent and has doubled the firm’s capacity.

The Smashing Glass Company has expanded its 30-strong team and hired an additional five members of staff to meet growing demand.

Simon Ratcliffe, general manager at The Smashing Glass Company, said: “This investment will be transformational for the  business. We’ve experienced rapid growth over the last few years and the new machinery has the potential to double our productivity, meaning that we can complete more orders for more customers.

“The team at Lloyds Bank has been a great support and really taken the time to understand our future growth ambitions. We look forward to working with them again as we continue to expand.”

Mel Howard, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “This is an exciting next step for The Smashing Glass Company as the firm continues to invest in its products and customer service. It’s also encouraging to see it creating new employment opportunities for the East Midlands.

“We’re committed to supporting ambitious local firms like The Smashing Glass Company which is why since 2011, we have increased our net lending to SMEs by 33%, at a time when the market as a whole has contracted by 12%.”