GWR Fasteners case study
GWR Fasteners Limited is a multi-award winning, home-grown company based in Oswestry, Shropshire which now has customers worldwide.
GWR manufactures special fasteners and precision components and is a standard fasteners distributor offering metric, metric fine and imperial fasteners in a range of materials. The company has also developed a process that allows them to colour stainless steel, making them the first and only company in the UK to offer this.
Joint Owners Jude and Gary Robinson with their new state-of-the-art CNC sliding head lathes
Jude Robinson, the company’s MD is not from the area but now cannot imagine being based anywhere else:
“There are a plethora of highly successful businesses in Shropshire. We work extensively with local companies and have found everything we need here, from advice and support in developing the business, to establishing a quality supply chain.
The quality of life is second to none and there is an extensive business networking community which I would urge anyone coming, or thinking of moving to the area, to utilise”.
The manufacturing sector also seems to be alive and well in the County. “We are getting new enquiries every day and other manufacturing companies based in the area are also reporting that they are very busy. In Shropshire, and indeed in the UK, we pride ourselves on offering quality, something that you can’t always get from abroad.”
Jude is confident that opportunities in manufacturing abound, “But you have to adapt to the changing market place. Being willing to do this has been instrumental to our success.”
Shropshire’s position at the centre of the UK places it firmly in the West Midlands, with Wales to the west which Jude Robinson believes has also been an asset for the company.
“Shropshire is within easy reach of major road networks and major cities making it convenient for distributing our product across the UK and abroad.
We have also found it easy to recruit the people we need locally and consequently, have built an extremely able, skilful and committed team at GWR Fasteners Ltd in Shropshire.”