2nd Of June by Sam Torr
A POLITICAL leader paid a special visit to P&A to congratulate us on our rapid growth.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, visited us at our site in Mold, last week along with Matt Wright to hear how our family run business has seen dramatic year on year growth in the last seven years.
As a multi award winning business, P&A were delighted to be visited by the Chancellor, who wanted to commend us for our exceptional growth in staff numbers since January this year.
We currently employ 175 people - a growth of well over 100 employees since 2010, where we had just 68 members of staff.
Since January this year, here at P&A we have employed a total of 60 new employees and we also support an additional 30 seasonal staff.
The Group was also selected for the Welsh Government’s Accelerated Growth Programme. This programme was formed to help maximise the growth potential of successful companies.
The Rt Hon Hammond described P&A Group as an exceptional example of a Welsh company that has grown from a small business into a thriving company, operating nationally across five divisions - all working within the timber manufacturing industry.
“P&A Group is a brilliant example of a local business with national ambition. They aim to grow their company and also give back to the community in which they operate,” the Rt Hon Hammond said.
“It was a pleasure to see how they operate.”
P&A are currently looking to further expand, and already we are looking for a new site to accommodate this rapid growth.
We also have a well-established garden centre and café in Mold which has been operating since 2000 and is currently being expanded.
Being an eco-conscious organisation, here at P&A we solar panels and have begun to use our own biomass boilers. This involves taking waste from production as part of their zero per cent timber waste policy and turning it into recycled Woodchip on site - which we can also supply to both the local area and long distance customers.
Speaking of the Chancellor’s visit, Steve Morgan, Managing Director at the P&A Group said: “We were delighted to welcome the Chancellor to P&A Group this week. It was a great opportunity to introduce the five divisions of P&A and take him on a tour of the behind-the-scenes operations of a hands-on family run business.
“2017 has been a cracking year for us so far and especially for our Zest 4 Leisure division. We have received the highest number of orders on record for our garden furniture. The good weather has helped, but we’ve also worked relentlessly to build our reputation as the go-to leaders in the garden trade industry for sustainably sourced, quality outdoor furniture products.”
Mr Morgan also told the Chancellor about the company’s strategic growth plans for the next five years including export that will lead to further job creation.
“We are a growing company with challenging strategic goals across our five divisions, employing 175 staff,” Mr Morgan said.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved so far as a small family business and we would like to thank the Chancellor for taking the time to come and meet us and see how our business operates.”
P&A have won awards for product design, community support and for responsible business with regard to the environment and staff development.
On top of that, we also won Best Business to work for in the Flintshire Business Week Awards and Mr Morgan, three times Triathlon Iron Man - also won Flintshire Business Person of the Year 2015-16.
“As a family business it is about improving efficiencies, training and investment that has allowed the growth and diversification of the business,” Mr Morgan added.
“It is service, quality and competitive prices that has enabled us to become the supplier of choice and find new customers.”