Britannia invests in new machine to boost employment opportunities

Hayden Rushdon took on the business from his parents Geoff and Glenys. Picture: Nigel Heath

Hayden Rushdon took on the business from his parents Geoff and Glenys. Picture: Nigel Heath - Credit: Nigel Heath

More jobs are set to be created in Clevedon, with a window-making firm announcing investments of more than a quarter of a million pounds.

Britannia Windows has a turnover of about £25million and will make further investment in the town.

Britannia has spent £275,000 on a computer-controlled Stuga machine which helps simplify the manufacturing process and cut costs.

The benefits of it will be felt across the South West, with Britannia having taken on a number of businesses in the area.

It has 15 retail outlets across the country, including in Devon and Cornwall.

It also has business interests in the South East.

All of these now receive locally produced, precision-made windows and associated products direct from the Clevedon hub.

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Britannia’s managing director, Hayden Rushton, said, with around 300 employees and a turnover approaching £25million, the time had now come to further invest in its Clevedon manufacturing plant.

He added: “Our new British made Stuga machine, incorporating a number of additional hi-tec efficiency features, will further enhance output and quality.

“It means we will be in a position to increase capacity from around 1,000 to 1,500 frames per week to meet future demand – that is in addition to the output from our aluminium and composite door factories.”

Britannia was launched in Clevedon nearly 40 years ago by the late Geoff Rushton and his wife Glenys.

The business was taken over by their son Hayden, 20 years ago.

The company opened a new showroom in Brislington, on the outskirts of Bristol, three years ago and its most recent acquisitions have included two more independent retailers in Warminster and Redruth.