Launching a Contract Electronics Manufacturing Business

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

It is approaching two months since Ability Tec launched into the contract electronics manufacturing business.

We began with a factory but no staff, a range of advanced PCB manufacturing equipment and a single customer.

Whilst we had no manufacturing staff we knew that members of the former Remploy Electronics business which closed in July were available and we knew that they are amongst the hardest working, most dedicated people you could wish to have on the team.

We also knew that we had a very robust business plan based on establishing Ability Tec as a social enterprise. That, as far as we know, is unique in contract electronics manufacture in the UK.

We use this as our not very secret weapon: to compete with others on price, product quality and customer service but to use our status as a social enterprise to our customer’s benefit and at no cost to them.

We believe it a compelling proposition to be commercially competitive and also create social benefits from employing a 75% disabled workforce in a way that shares profits, reinvests in the business and in time will enable other businesses to follow our lead by employing more disabled people.

We will do this by creating a training and development arm to our business which transfers the knowledge we have of the benefits and challenges of employing a majority of disabled people into tangible usable knowledge for others to use.

In the two months since we opened the doors our plans have been bearing fruit. The factory is now up and running with a small but growing workforce manufacturing and providing PCB inspection and testing.

We have secured substantial orders from two completely new customers which will go into production early in the new year and we are in discussion with others.

This early success is down not only to the team we are building but also from a number of organisations and individuals in the local, regional and national manufacturing support sector that are too numerous to mention here and it would be embarrassing to miss one off the list.

We have also had great support from the media from our local newspaper the Bolton News to the nationals and in one week in December we had both ITV and the BBC in the factory telling the story of what we are trying to do.

The acorn has been planted and 2013 is looking very positive.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and we hope to do business with many more in the coming months.

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