Following the success of Barrett's Tube Division in Scotland, opened 18 months ago, the company has announced a major investment north of the border with the launch of Barrett Steel Scotland. The new business, based in Bathgate, West Lothian, will promote general steels to an expanding Scottish market, serving small and large steel users in a wide range of industries, from blacksmiths to major construction companies and large fabricators. The company has ambitious growth plans and aims to be the largest independent steel stockholder in Scotland within the next five years.
Part of Barrett Steel's company-wide continuous investment programme the business will complement and work in conjunction with the Bathgate-based Tubes Division and the Energy business in Montrose. Two new staff have already been appointed as part of the initial recruitment drive.
Ross Kidd, Commercial Manager of Barrett Steel Scotland, explains: "This is an exciting time at Barrett Steel Scotland. We have the backing of the Barrett Group, the UK and Ireland's largest independent steel stockholder, and we are looking to capitalise on this success north of the border, building the customer base and developing relationships.
"We will offer customers a wide variety of stock and processing options, including drilling, plasma, gas and laser cutting, punching and shearing systems, tube lasering and painting, helping customers to identify opportunities and solutions for a variety of projects."
Ross Kidd adds: "I am excited to be part of a thriving company which is continually investing in machinery and staff to maximise long term relationships with customers. With our parent group and our local knowledge and expertise we can confidently predict a vibrant future."
Despite challenging times in the industry Barrett Steel, whose annual international sales grew by 45% over the last two years, reported a near 50% increase in pre-tax profits as sales increased for the financial year to September 2013.
About Barrett Steel Ltd
Founded by Henry Barrett in 1866 Barrett Steel has grown both organically and by acquisition to become the UK's largest independent steel stockholder.
The group now consists of 42 companies operating from 30 locations across the UK, Ireland and the US and is divided into four divisions: General Steels; Engineering Steel; Tubes and Energy Products. The four divisions strategically work together in a forward-thinking philosophy to serve customers worldwide. Each company operates with the full backing and support of the Barrett Steel Group. Dedicated staff - wherever they are based across the UK - act as customers' one point of contact, whatever product or service is required.
Barrett Steel continues to invest in people, plant and products to ensure that the company is ideally placed to meet customers' requirements. Investment in capital projects in the year to September 2013 amounted to £6.9m.
Barrett Steel holds international accreditations including the quality initiative ISO 9001:2008, the environmental standard ISO 14001:2004 and CE approvals up to Execution Class 4 in BS EN 1090-1:2009.