LEP supports Treske’s £200k investment in cutting-edge technology

Pictured from left are Justin Bartlett, David Kerfoot of the LEP and Mark Littlefair, operations director of Tresk

Independent Yorkshire furniture and kitchen manufacturer, Treske, has invested in new cutting-edge technology – with support from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The award-winning Treske has invested £200,000 in the purchase and operation of an 5 Axis CNC Router, which will radically improve its production process in terms of speed and quality.

The LEP’s Let’s Grow Fund contributed £40,000 towards the investment, which was needed in response to Treske’s rapidly-increasing order book and demand for its bespoke products for the home.

Justin Bartlett, owner and managing director of Treske, said: “This is one of the biggest investments the company has made since it was formed 44 years ago in 1974. It reflects the growing demand for our products from across the United Kingdom and our confidence in the future, which is fuelled by the improving economic climate and the skills and commitment of our staff.

“It is fantastic that the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Let’s Grow fund has helped Treske to invest in new machinery and processes that gives our furniture and kitchen designers increasing and exciting options for bespoke designs for customers.

“The LEP support is very timely as we look to increase the numbers of customers who buy their quality furniture and kitchens from Treske.  We have also increased our showrooms in our historic Victorian Maltings building, making Treske a great place to visit for people considering buying furniture and kitchens.”

The 5 Axis CNC router gives Treske additional capacity and the capability to make more complex designs, increasing the range of bespoke furniture and kitchen options for customers.

Mr Bartlett added: “It is now 44 years since John Gormley, the brother of sculptor Anthony Gormley, founded Treske and created the company’s reputation for manufacturing the very highest quality of furniture. The Treske name became synonymous with elegance and class and the company has maintained that reputation over the years.

“It is now time to move up through the gears and make Treske the epitome of a 21st century company, whilst maintaining our traditional values of service and craftsmanship. This investment in brand-new machinery, with the support of the LEP, is a resounding endorsement of the progress we have made recently.

“We are also honoured and delighted that the LEP has seen fit to support our investment as we continue to contribute to the economy of the Vale of York and beyond.”

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP has used the part-funding of Treske’s 5 Axis CNC Router as a case study in its annual report, which will be presented at the LEP’s annual meeting in York on July 6.


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