Filtration Service Engineering Ltd (FSE) is a Kidderminster-based firm which designs and manufactures chip management and coolant filtration systems for many of the world’s leading machine tool suppliers and end users.
FSE have been in business for over 50 years and the firm currently employs over 70 people, designing and manufacturing all its products at its Worcestershire factory.
How Worcestershire Business Central (WBC) helped
George Roche, FSE’s Production Manager, contacted WBC to ask for advice for how to mitigate the uncertainty in the lead-up to Brexit.
George said, “To a large extent, our major concern was that of import and export. We import some products for our manufacturing process from Europe and the rest of the world, and we also export our products internationally. We therefore needed to make sure that whatever happens, an agreement can be reached so we can export without delays, and that we have our documentation ready.”
WBC has provided FSE with information relating to these concerns, and also given assistance relating to tariffs, VAT changes and potential currency fluctuations following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
As well as important Brexit-related information, Mr Roche spoke at length to WBC about potential funding opportunities to enable the firm to continue to grow despite any possible negative economic news.
From initial meetings to communication about potential grants and upcoming Brexit seminars, George praised WBC’s communication throughout the process. He also highlighted the speed of response to his questions from WBC staff, and praised the depth of information and ease of use of the WBC website:
“The website is a good tool for information across several areas, especially for SME business, where employees or owners have to use and know multi-skills that transfer between HR, Development, and Management etc,” said George.
Additional support for FSE
WBC is currently providing assistance to enable FSE to access grants via the Business Growth Programme, based on an investment of £60,000 in new welding equipment. George has stated that this new equipment is likely to allow the firm to employ several additional members of staff.
FSE are also keen to lower their carbon footprint, confirming their intention to ‘improve the premises we currently have to become a slightly more eco-friendly environment’.
To help FSE achieve this noble aim, WBC has been advising the company on how to access support via the Worcestershire City Council Business Energy Efficiency Programme.
How WBC can help you
Does your business require assistance to help you prepare for Brexit? If so, WBC is here to help you.
Contact a member of our team today on 01905 677 888 or email [email protected]