Jonathan Holyhead Celebrates 30 Year Career with Bri-Stor Group

Jonathan Holyhead, Bri-Stor Group Finance Director, celebrates thirty years with the business this month (July 2021) and has been an instrumental part in the company’s significant growth and achievements during that time.  Joining the business in his late teens, Jonathan has accomplished many great things in his career so far, and is excited for the next chapter in Bri-Stor Group’s expansion plans.

Commenting on Jonathan’s contribution to the business, Bri-Stor Group CEO Martin Smith, says: “Jonathan is the very essence of this business and is a loyal, trusted advisor to the Bri-Stor Group.  In the time that Jonathan has been in the Group we have grown significantly and added new divisions to the business, new premises and grown our workforce ten-fold.  Combined, all of these things have presented opportunity and risk and with Jonathan’s fierce control of our financial status, we have been able to deliver controlled and measured growth.

“I am personally, delighted to congratulate Jonathan on this significant achievement.  His support and commitment during the pandemic has been unwavering and there’s no doubt, with Jonathan’s skills we remain strong and in a position to continue investing in the Group’s continued success.”

In response, Jonathan adds these words: “As Martin explains, the business has delivered incredible growth in the last thirty years and I am delighted to be part of the success story.  Working alongside the senior leadership team has been rewarding in itself and there’s no question, my own professional development has been down to the company’s investment in me.  As we look towards even greater growth and prosperity, I am excited for the next chapter of my career and achieving the next milestone.”

Alpha Manufacturing to host Recruitment Open Day due to recent growth

With up to 30 roles available in a range of skilled and unskilled roles, Alpha Manufacturing is offering the chance to interview for your preferred role on the day

Hixon based sheet metal manufacturer; Alpha Manufacturing is hosting an open day in order to recruit for nearly 30 new roles created due to recent businesses growth.  Part of the Bri-Stor Group, Alpha Manufacturing occupies a 35acre site, shared with sister companies; Bri-Stor Systems, Atlas Coating and Hex Signs and Graphics.

Since the start of this year, Alpha Manufacturing has seen a surge in demand for quality UK sheet metal manufacturing, resulting in the opening of two new divisions; Alpha Integrated Technologies and the most recent being Alpha Manufacturing Chemical Technologies, a 35,000sq ft purpose-built manufacturing facility in Beacon Park, Stafford in partnership with global chemical company INEOS Electrochemical Solutions.

This recent success has led to the creation of new roles, including both skilled and unskilled positions with quality training in place for those looking to begin their career within the engineering industry, such as; MIG and TIG Welders, Production Team Leaders, CNC Machine Operators, Quality Inspectors, Press Brake Operatives and more. Offering robust training schemes and professional development opportunities, a Group bonus scheme and competitive salaries, Alpha Manufacturing is anticipating large numbers of applications.

Talking about the scale of the opportunity, Managing Director Paul Clews, said: “This is an exciting time to be part of Alpha. As we respond to the recent demand for our services, business is booming and we are pleased to be able to offer a number of positions within our production facility. With the opening of our Chemical Technologies division planned for mid-2022, we hope to be able to offer even more quality jobs going forward with our ambitious, yet achievable growth plans, which we hope will be a big boost to the local economy and for local people.”

The open day, on the 18th August 2021, will provide prospective employees with the opportunity to take a tour around the factory and to view the state-of-the-art machinery for themselves, which includes the longest STOPA Storage System in the UK. With three time slots throughout the day, interested parties will also be given the chance to participate in an on-the-day interview for the role they are interested in, or hand in their CV.

Group HR Manager, Karen Barnacle added: “I am very excited about the opportunity to recruit for such a large group of new talent to enhance our 500 plus people strong workforce across the Bri-Stor Group. The Group is renowned for our apprenticeship programme, employee development opportunities, as well as our people retention, with a number of our employees having been with the Group for over 15 years – This recruitment drive really does represent a great opportunity to kickstart your career.”

The open day will be held at Alpha Manufacturing premises in Hixon, Staffordshire, with three time slots throughout the day available to pre-book. Book your slot here:

Addressing the skills gap through quality on the job education and professional development

The Bri-Stor Group, which includes Bri-Stor Systems, Alpha Manufacturing, Atlas Coating and Hex Signs & Graphics, has been recognising and developing young talent since the business started trading over 35 years ago. In that time, the number of apprentices on our accredited scheme has increased year-on-year, this year seeing the formal launch of the higher apprenticeship programme, with a large proportion of the workforce progressing their career supported by company-funded professional and educational development.

The manufacturing and engineering industry are facing an ever-growing skills gap, and with this in mind, working on a model that creates quality vocational work options helps to encourage young skilled workers of the future into positions that fill this gap long-term.

Bri-Stor Group Apprenticeship Manager, William Davies-Hill explains how the Bri-Stor Group Apprenticeship Scheme works to benefit both the apprentice and the business: “As a company that actively plans ahead, it is imperative that we ensure that our workforce of the future has the correct competencies and expertise. The best approach for this is to acknowledge the importance of developing individuals through the means of our apprenticeship programme.

“Apprenticeships are a collaboration between; the person who is striving to better themselves by gaining qualifications in various sectors of work, the training provider who has a pivotal function in their development and the employer who must ensure that both the financial and time investment spent in development meets your initial targets.

“To ensure that this is all tied together correctly, a company must work to make sure their vocational work options offer training that works to enhance skills the individual already possess, so that the apprentice is fully engaged and submersed in their chosen apprenticeship. Positive influence and strong role models who are willing to invest in the apprentice’s are the key to the gold standard apprenticeship program we offer.”

Quality skills training doesn’t stop at apprenticeships, as Group HR Manager Karen Barnacle explains: “Many of our Senior Leadership team across the Group, including our Managing Directors in Bri-Stor Systems and Alpha Manufacturing, started their careers as apprentices, or in entry level roles, and have been supported to grow their skills and progress. Offering educational and professional development options to employees ensures a wider knowledge base and resource in the business, therefore helping to close the skills gap. Young people offer businesses a unique opportunity to adapt and grow with their workforce and should be seen as an asset to any company.”