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Open for Business: MP hails Franke Sissons a “shining example of manufacturing” in Chesterfield

Despite a recession hitting the construction industry hard, Chesterfield based Franke Sisson Ltd, a manufacturer of sanitary equipment, continues to defy the odds and stands as one of the most reputable businesses in the town. But during a meeting with Managing Director, Andy Dukelow, Labour Member of Parliament Toby Perkins discussed the many challenges facing Franke Sissons and all UK manufacturers under difficult economic circumstances.

Since 2008, the business has expanded rapidly into overseas markets. Franke Sissons is now a significant player providing washroom facilities to public and private organizations in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, as well as many EU countries. However, the Government’s decision to scrap the Building Schools for the Future initiative and Private Public Finance projects plus continuing problems with the regulation of sanitary facilities from developing economies continues to put strain on the company, which celebrated its 225th Anniversary last year.

A monthly meeting with Unite , the trade union responsible for representing the vast majority of its employees, to progress the working in partnership agreement ,and the decision by employees to accept a 2 year pay freeze from 2008, has meant the business still has a bright future despite severe short term concerns .

After the meeting with Franke Sissons Mr. Perkins said:-

“Franke Sissons is a shining example of manufacturing in Chesterfield, and represents a company battling in the face of drastic cuts to the building of schools, hospitals and prisons. This business faces significant challenges, not least with cheap imports from China and elsewhere, but having looked in the warehouse and the offices at HQ, it is clear to see that Franke Sissons continues to be a top class firm providing Chesterfield with skilled jobs and investment. They have a good relationship with a responsible trade union and everyone there is battling to save and create jobs in Chesterfield”.

Mr. Andy Dukelow, Managing Director, added:-

“Although the last two years have been difficult our ongoing partnerships with customers, investment in new products and  innovation and a commitment by everyone at the company to embrace  lean processes, has ensured we remain the market leader in our field and can compete strongly in all Export markets ”

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