Barnsley storage tank company to top £1m

A specialist installation company in Barnsley is set to turnover £1m in its first year of trading.

LWG Solutions installs large steel circular tanks used for everything from storing water for sprinkler systems to sewage, and already has clients in about a dozen countries including Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Brazil, Peru and Latvia.

The company, which employs 23 people and is looking for more staff, was set up last summer by Rob Longley and Shaun Wyman who lost their jobs when Barnsley storage tank manufacturer Galglass went into administration.

Rob said: “When Galglass closed it meant there were dozens of people in Barnsley who had skills and expertise in building and installing storage tanks and that skills-base was just going to waste.

“On the other hand there were companies who needed storage tanks installing and no one to do the work. So we were able to step in to an obvious gap in the market.”

Since it was set up, LWG Solutions, which is based at Cudworth, has been given free coaching by business support programme Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Council.

One of LWG Solutions’ first jobs was a former Galglass contract in Canada to install four steel anaerobic digester tanks, which create biogas. After successfully completing that contract, LWG Solutions contacted all the major tank manufacturers offering to carry out installation work.

Very quickly the company gained work in the UK and abroad and was able to take on 18 former Galglass employees. The company has also recently taken on an apprentice and a freight co-ordinator and is looking for other staff.

Projects coming up are in countries as diverse as Morocco, Thailand, Cameroon and Saudi Arabia. In the first seven months of trading the company has turned over about £650,000. With a full order book, that figure is expected to top £1m in the first year.

As both Shaun and Rob have expertise in importing and exporting, LWG Solutions also offers an advice service to other businesses, sorting out paperwork and shipping. This side of the business is also growing.

Enterprising Barnsley has helped LWG Solutions expand with advice in sales, marketing and HR, and the creation of a new website.

“The backing of Enterprising Barnsley has been fantastic,” said Rob. “They gave us the confidence to stride out and take the risks associated with starting up a new business. Without their support we would not be in the position we are now.”

Enterprising Barnsley, offers a wide range of free business support to small and medium-sized businesses with growth potential.

The programme is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,259,511 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Steve Hawkins, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “LWG is a young company that’s going places, and it’s great to see a skilled team of people continuing their careers locally.

“The company’s expansion has been very impressive and with the orders still coming in it looks set to continue.”

Shaun Whyman and Rob Longley of LWG Solutions
Shaun Whyman and Rob Longley of LWG Solutions

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