Nufab Engineering Ltd

Lanarkshire manufacturing start-up Nufab operates a specialist metal fabrication plant at Newhouse, providing metal laser cutting, bending and welding services to a range of business customers.

The company turned to Business Gateway Lanarkshire for advice and support when it launched in January 2010. Director and co-founder Willie Ferguson said their adviser "was there every step of the way" as they planned the new business, and raised essential funding.

Today the company employs 27 people, providing the design, precision cutting, forming and welding of products to customers' unique specifications. It can also provide shot blasting and painting services.

Nufab's customers are mainly in the power generation, oil and gas, architecture and mining sectors. Major clients include the Scottish based international power services firm Aggreko and oil services companies Brandt and PW Anderson.

The company also carries out decorative design and artwork services for private clients looking for something different for their homes or offices.

"We have a good mix of customers, and that is just what we aimed to achieve when we started up," added Willie Ferguson, who started the business with colleague Alan Tomkinson. "We have around 70 customers. Apart from the major engineering and commercial clients, we also do a lot of work with Andy Scott (whose public works include the "Heavy Horse" sculpture at the M8, and the Ibrox Disaster memorial in Glasgow)," added Willie.

Nufab received investor ready support from Business Gateway, which involved the creation of a business plan, with financial projects that helped secure a financial package supported by the West of Scotland Loan Fund and DSL.

The company has also had help in acquiring external accountancy systems to improve operations, and management training for the two founders.

"Business Gateway has been able to help us identify those areas where we need practical support, while letting us get on with the task of growing the business," added Willie. "We have an excellent working relationship with Nufab. This is really a prime example of what we can do to assist a business start-up which aims to achieve real growth quickly," commented Business Gateway Lanarkshire adviser Paul McIlvenny.