One local company that is reaping the benefits of doing business internationally is Sheffield-based Numill Ltd.
First established in 1969, the company was formed as a partnership to reclaim machine-consumable cutting tools and now also designs and manufactures tooling.
As well as serving the home market the company services a client base as widespread as Europe, Scandinavia, Singapore and Malaysia.
In recognition of Numill’s success, in 2014 managing director AnneWilson was crowned BusinessWoman of theYear in the 2014 Forward Ladies’Women in Business Awards and was also the winner of the SME BusinessWoman of theYear award. She was also shortlisted in the international category.
Anne, who started out as a bookkeeper for Numill, bought the company in a management buyout in 2006. She had recently returned to the classroom to gain qualifications in accounting, before gaining a management degree then postgraduate qualifications. For her
dissertation she planned the theory of a management buyout, which she went on to make a reality.
Anne has since grown the company’s exports and believes the international side of the business has been crucial to its success during the downturn.This trend continues as Anne is seeking new growth markets such asTurkey and has recently been on a fact-finding visit as part of a trade mission with the International Trade Forum.
“Building a client base in international markets is not always easy,” said Anne, “But I’m certain that in the case of Numill, this hard work to grow business overseas is what has seen us through a difficult economic period.
Anne with apprentices Abigail and Nathan.
“We have come out the other side and the company is performing better than ever.We have launched an apprenticeship scheme to allow our skilled, but ageing, workforce to pass on their invaluable knowledge to the next generation, further strengthening the sustainability of the company.”
Recently Numill launched a new website to coincide with a branding refresh.The new website has been designed to provide a more user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality, allowing customers to access more information about the company’s services and giving them the option of sharing information across all the major social networking websites.
Anne believes the brand update and new website are more closely aligned with the company’s strategic vision for growth and expansion over the next decade and beyond.
“This website does not in any way replace the direct, responsive customer service that we have been known for throughout the industry for over four decades but our goal in launching this new website is to provide more access and online resource for companies and individuals to learn more about our tooling solutions and how we can help them in their every-day life and work experience,” said Anne. “We are very proud of the new website and we hope it provides a useful, informative portal for our customers to get to know Numill and our services just a little better!”