VIDEO: Doncaster firm helping to put town on the international map

We have all heard of the saying where there’s muck there’s brass, but that saying should be changed to where there’s brass there’s cash for one successful firm.

Business is booming at Pegler Yorkshire as one of Doncaster’s longest-established firms continues to spread the reputation of the borough’s manufacturing sector to all corners of the globe.

Peglers, Balby. Picture: Marie Caley D5690MC

Peglers, Balby. Picture: Marie Caley D5690MC

The company, which manufactures plumbing and heating products, has won praise from the business community locally for helping to put the town on the international map, having been a major exporter to countries all over the world for decades.

Phill Jackson, 49, marketing and business development director, gives his insight into the secret of Peglers success.

He says: “The key to success is in the commitment by our staff, going the extra mile for customers and the continued production of ground-breaking products.

“I would say the main components of Pegler Yorkshire’s success has been down to investment in new technology and equipment, product development and investment into people, as business is mainly about people.

Phill Jackson, Marketing and Business Development Director and Eleanor Johnson, Marketing and Services team leader, pictured in the factories Trading and Innovation centre. Picture: Marie Caley D5691MC

Phill Jackson, Marketing and Business Development Director and Eleanor Johnson, Marketing and Services team leader, pictured in the factories Trading and Innovation centre. Picture: Marie Caley D5691MC

“The key is to put the customer at the centre of your business and try to continually evolve. Never just rest on your laurels.”

The company was founded in Doncaster in 1899 by entrepreneur Frank Pegler. It has operated from its Belmont Works base for over 100 years, and has grown into a major employer in the town with 390 staff.

The company’s expansion globally is even more remarkable.

It now employs more than 1,400 people, across four manufacturing sites in Doncaster, Leeds, Budapest, Hungary, and Jiangmen, China.

Anne Welsh, pictured on the Radiator Valve Assembly. Picture: Marie Caley D5693MC

Anne Welsh, pictured on the Radiator Valve Assembly. Picture: Marie Caley D5693MC

Developing export markets has been a key focus for the firm for more than 60 years, and it now supplies products to customers in over 110 countries.

As part of its investment strategy, recent developments include a new £7 million stamping facility for manufacturing components for plumbing systems, thermostatic mixing and engineering valves.

A new state-of-the-art training facility has also opened recently in Doncaster and the firm received a prestigious British Kitemark for its copper press-fit fittings.

The workforce makes over 14,000 different products types. Around 115 million items processed through the assembly line last year.

The stamping press, Peglers latest investment. Picture: Marie Caley D5694MC

The stamping press, Peglers latest investment. Picture: Marie Caley D5694MC

Such investment is producing results. In 2011 the firm’s pre-tax profit was £6.477 million, and this grew to £6.956 million in 2012.

Mr Jackson, a father-of-two who also lives in Doncaster, said the company is proud to promote its Doncaster roots worldwide.

He said: “We always try and push the made in Doncaster brand around the world and that has been particularly successful in the Middle East.

“People like to see that products have been made in the United Kingdom.

“The company is extremely proud to have been based in Doncaster and pleased to have employed many townsfolk over the decades.”

Pegler’s success has not gone unnoticed by the great and the good in Doncaster either.

The Extrution plant at Peglers, Balby. Picture: Marie Caley D5697MC

The Extrution plant at Peglers, Balby. Picture: Marie Caley D5697MC

On a recent visit to Belmont Works, mayor Ros Jones said: “It is inspiring to see such an historic manufacturing business continuing to push the boundaries of innovation to ensure its continued growth.”

Daniel Fell, deputy chief executive of Doncaster Chamber, praised the firm for promoting the ‘Doncaster brand’ worldwide.

He said: “Doncaster has a range of strong exporters - many of them small firms with interesting niche products - that can take the “Made in Doncaster” badge around the globe.

“This creates a great opportunity to shout about the town and to trigger conversations about further demand for products and also inward investment. The challenge for Doncaster now is to further increase its global profile by supporting more firms to trade internationally.”