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Local rewards from international success

Electric tug specialist MasterMover has rewarded its staff with a £1,000 Christmas bonus following a successful 2016. The company, which manufactures electric tugs for some of the world’s largest companies, has grown its international reach, leading to success for the entire business and resulting in a recent recruitment drive.

MasterMover provides a range of electric tugs which allow a single pedestrian operator to move loads from 50kg to 120 tonnes with ease. These tugs are used to improve efficiency and semi-automate production lines in a variety of sectors, such as manufacturing and assembly, retail and logistics, warehousing, food and beverage and healthcare.

All MasterMover electric tugs are manufactured in the UK and distributed around the world through regional partners. The company received over 100,000 components into its factory in 2016 and delivered 750 machines to international customers. In the last year, MasterMover has sold to 35 countries and, due to an increase in sales leads, has signed new partnership agreements with organisations in Chile, India and the USA.

“Despite many business leaders having concerns about British exports in 2016, we have achieved great success this year overseas, which has had a significant impact on our sales figures,” said Andy Owen, managing director of MasterMover. “We have grown our German subsidiary by 30 per cent and grown South American sales by 66 per cent. This international success has contributed to the growth of the whole MasterMover business by 16 per cent in total.

“Not only have we shared this success with our staff by offering a Christmas bonus, the success we have had this year has led to us recruiting twelve new staff from the local area,” explained Owen. “These new recruits include two apprentices that are working in our design and accounts department. By investing in young people locally, we provide them with the skills and experience needed to thrive in an international company.”

“Alongside my apprenticeship, I also attend Derby University once a week to study towards a Manufacturing and Engineering foundation degree,” said Luke Nelson, MasterMover design apprentice. “The support that I receive from MasterMover allows me to learn on-the-job skills as well as gain important qualifications. Starting my career by working in a successful international company is very rewarding, as I can see the work I do being manufactured and sent to customers worldwide.”

In 2017, MasterMover plans to continue to grow its sales both in the UK as well as growing its international partner base. To find out more about MasterMover and its range of electric tugs, visit www.mastermover.com or call 01335 347 700.

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Published : 14/12/2016

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