Taken from the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal 21st April 2006
Shampoo, wax and your choice of trim
MOTOR product supplier Randstad is planning to double the size of its
premises as it breaks into a quite different sector ? health and beauty.
Northumberland-based Randstad, which has supplied the automotive industry
for three decades, says it is looking for new sectors to exploit as it
moves to grow the company to a £10m turnover business in the next five
The family-run Cramlington firm, which has traditionally supplied car parts
including wiper blades, light bulbs and bumper bars, says its position as
the UK's largest importer of latex gloves will help it diversify into hair
and beauty, medical and veterinary markets.
The company, which employs 35 staff, intends to double the size of its
25,000sq ft premises on its 2.5 acre site at Crowhall Road to house the
Managing director Martin Dowd, whose brother Tony founded the company in
the 1970s and is chairman, said: "Bizarrely there's lots of products that
cross over from automotive into health and beauty sectors.
"Our philosophy on growing our business is quite simple ? to sell our
existing customers new products or to sell new customers existing products.
"We looked at other markets that used the same products and knew that the
health and beauty industry was actually selling its products, like the
gloves, to our automotive industry so they were a target market."
Established in 1976 as Tyne & Wear Autoparts, the company has moved to
successively larger facilities three times within Cramlington.
Its most recent relocation to the 2.5 acre freehold facility provides the
company with the ability to more than double the size of its existing
Mr Dowd said: "We spent £1m moving to this site in 2004 and the staff call
the land out the back "the pitch" but I call it our expansion ground.
"It means we can more than double the size of our sales, warehousing and
admin facilities as we grow further and we would hope that by the end of
the decade we will have built on the land and be turning over £10m, that's
the longer term goal.
"In the shorter term we will investigate new markets but also concentrate
on growing our product range for the automotive sector and finding out what
new products we could be selling to them."
Allied Irish Bank (GB) has worked in partnership with Randstad for 12
years, and helped fund the purchase of the company's premises in 2004. It
will continue to fund and offer strategic advice on future developments.