St George's Park: Premo Fabrications worked on the FA's new training HQ in Burton
Jamie Hardesty

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Aycliffe fabrication company completes £1.2 million contract on Man City’s Football Academy

Newton Aycliffe fabrication company Premo Fabrications has completed a £1.2 million contract working on Manchester City’s £200 million Football Academy.

Premo, who specialise in the design and manufacture of high-quality sheet metal architectural fabrications, has now celebrates the end of its fifth year by hitting the £5 million mark.

Premo’s recent contract completion has led to a further export supply package for Melbourne, culminating in a secured supply package for New York and a recent appointment to supply materials for the Etihad main stadium extension.

The staff at Premo are no strangers to football after completing an £800k contract for the Football Association at the England squad’s new headquarters, St George’s Park in Burton, two years ago.

They have also worked on many other projects up and down the country including Hitachi Rail Europe’s £82 million train-building factory in Aycliffe, Trinity Square at Gateshead and London King’s Cross.

Now the firm is hoping to expand and take on more staff after building it up from the nine-man team it was when it started in December 2009 to the 30-strong workforce it is today.

“It’s been a fantastic few years for the company and we’re delighted with how things are progressing,” said director Dave Knowles, who founded Premo with business partner Beau Stevens.

“But we couldn’t have done it without our tremendous workforce. Their work ethic, skills set and positive attitude has enabled us to take on large-scale projects and deliver them within budget and on time.

“In our industry you don’t often have a forward order book as such, the bulk of our work are short-term orders, but we’re pretty confident going forward. Things are looking good.”

Dave and Beau have accumulated over 50 years of experience between them in senior management and director level roles in what now are competitor companies in the North-East.

Their new venture turned over £2 million in its first year and has invested heavily in state-of-the-art machinery - including CNC presses, turret punch and rolling equipment - as it has steadily built turnover up to £5m at the end of its financial year in November.

“We’re already making an excellent name for ourselves working in the industrial, commercial, public and refurbishment sectors,” added Dave.

“In Newton Aycliffe we’re ideally placed to take advantage of a highly-skilled, local workforce, an abundance of top-quality materials and access to the best supply chain solutions around.”

Beau added: “We pride ourselves on having a very hands-on approach and being personally accessible to our customer base, this allows us to provide a superior service coupled with consistent, high-quality account management.

“We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved so far but we’re all determined to do even better in 2015 and beyond.”

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