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Big2 support Spiral UK to invest in new state-of-the-art CNC Machine

Bespoke staircase manufacturer Spiral UK are starting a growth drive after receiving support from a European funding programme.

Andrew Holland, Anna Staevska and Eric Nicholls

Everyone at Spiral UK is thrilled to have recently completed an upgrade programme to improve our access, storage areas, assignment and stock arrangements at our staircase manufacturing facility in Helston.

The investment also included the installation of a new state-of the-art CNC plasma machine and a fully motorised 1 ton swing jib crane to aid operations.

The new equipment will allow both the production and manufacturing process to become much smoother and more efficient while reducing time taken and material wastage.

As well as allowing the company to improve efficiency and increase productivity, the improvements will also provide space for growth and expansion.

Eric Nicholls, Spiral UK’s managing director, said: “The new investment will make a significant impact on the business increasing our efficiency and allowing us to focus on what we’re known for, creating a high quality bespoke staircase service from design through to installation.”

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Spiral UK, which designs, manufactures and installs bespoke straight, spiral and helical staircases, completed the BIG2 funding application and carried out the project in six months.

Andrew Holland, Spiral UK, CEO said: “The BIG2 funding process was really straightforward and we went from application to project completion in just six months.

“Part of the project supported improving our lean processes, so the funding application was the perfect opportunity to test it.”

The upgrade was led by lean and continuous improvements facilitator, Ben Tossell.

Ben said: “The company is continually looking for ways to eliminate waste, improve efficiency, productivity, its processes and health and safety. I was tasked with delivering the project within 84 days and was thrilled to come in under and complete the work at the site in 67.”

The company, which also has a sales office in Cambridge and a showroom in Amersham, works in the luxury residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

BIG2 programme manager, Anna Staevska, said: “Spiral UK are a market leading business that is showcasing Cornish design and production on a national scale.

“They had a robust plan and process in place, so the decision to support them was straightforward.”

“We’re proud to have supported a project that will create jobs and deliver growth.”

BIG 2 is delivered by Cornwall Development Company and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It aims to support 200 businesses in Cornwall with growth projects, and create 360 jobs by 2019.

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