On the afternoon of 14/03/2014, BBC One’s Jeremy Howell visited Origin’s UK head office in High Wycombe to learn more about Origin’s manufacturing success during the recession with the intention of sharing this with their 12 million strong audience.
Featured as part of a story about the boom in the UK manufacturing sector, the BBC interviewed Ben Brocklesby, Sales and Marketing Director at Origin, to find out the key factors behind this rapid growth.
Origin were specifically selected to contribute to this feature on the BBC after rapidly expanding premises in order to cope with the demand.
On BBC Breakfast, discussions were taking place about the EEF’s latest report, which reveals strong growth in UK manufacturing up and down the country. This is where the interview with Ben was introduced.
Along with manufacturing records being broken, Ben highlighted that the growth instils confidence and encourages Origin to invest in the product, the people and the premises. He continued with the fact that in the last week alone, Origin have recruited ten new members of staff.
Ben concluded the interview by giving a factory tour to demonstrate the rigorous quality control and assurance tests that take place to ensure that every door leaves the factory at the highest of standards, which is another feature which contributes towards Origin’s growth. How else would we be able to offer a 20 year warranty on our Bi-Fold Doors?
After the interview was concluded with Ben, Darrell Matthews from the EEF, the Manufacturers Body, was interviewed and expressed similar points. Darrell added that there has been a large increase in market confidence which is why the output is also on the rise.
Britain is enjoying strong growth because of UK sales as well as a large increase in exporting, something of which Origin have been heavily involved in. Signs like these show that we, as an economy, are well and truly on the way out of recession.
Darrell was asked about the support from politicians regarding employment and skill sets, and was hopeful this will increase. Origin have not relied on this, but have instead taken this into their own hands. By employing and training workers, not only will Origin benefit, but also unemployment rates will be reduced as well as there being more of a positive contribution towards the GDP.
Check out this video of Ben appearing on BBC Breakfast.