County Durham based company, N E Truck Spares Ltd expands premises after receiving support from Supply Chain North East.
The company, which specialises in commercial vehicle parts and accessories, tools, and equipment, has grown steadily since it established in 1974. The company has seen strong growth through the years and has since grown into a multi-location company with the head office in Tyne and Wear and branch offices around UK.
In February Phil Gray, Operations Director, got in touch with Supply Chain North East for support in their expansion plans. The company had identified areas for improvement in efficiency and growth through the relocation of the brake-shoe reconditioning workshop away from the main shopfloor area into purpose built facilities. The company was able to source and repurpose two shipping containers to become the new dedicated space for the workshop which would be built fit for purpose.
Through Supply Chain North East, N.E Truck Spares was able to access grant funding to support the build and installation of their new workshop. The new workshop has allowed the company to focus on creating a leaner and more effective set up, allowing optimised output and productivity.
Additionally, the newly freed space in the main building has allowed for extra warehousing capabilities through increased storage spaces to stock a higher volume of goods as well as a more diverse range.
Commenting on the support from Supply Chain North East, Phil Gray, Operations Director Said:
“Our experience with RTC and the Supply Chain North East project has been excellent. John Heslop guided us through the application process and helped us to improve the process flow through the new workshop. With John’s help we have improved our: floor space utilisation, our product range, increased our turnover and helped to secure the employment of two employees.”
John Heslop, Supply Chain North East - Business Advisor at RTC North Said:
“NETS Parts had a well thought-out plan for converting their buildings that had considered all key aspects including improved productivity, increased warehouse space and, equally importantly, improving the conditions for the future employment of additional staff. Following a rapid-response
initial meeting with Phil Gray, through effective communication and dialogue, we were very quickly able to support the overall costs with a capital grant made available through the Supply Chain North East Programme. “
Supply Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over 800 businesses through to 2021, supporting them to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).
Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.