Recession fails to halt Bott's operative progress
The firm has seen a number of new contract wins over 2010 and 2011 including from Virgin Media, Severn Trent Water, Centrica and West Midlands Police.
The increased volume of work has led Bott to take on 60 new employees since the beginning of 2011, the majority of which are vehicle fitment engineers. The company remains committed to the local area, with 76% of the workforce living within a 10-mile radius.
Meanwhile, the firm has invested £600,000 to expand and upgrade its office facilities in Ashby de la Zouch., increasing the facilities by 60%. An additional 3,500sq ft has been added to the premises, and a new showroom, reception area and meeting room facilities with video conferencing capabilities have been created. The project also included the upgrade and refurbishment of existing offices, IT systems and design areas.
Kevin Woodward, managing director of the Vehicle Enhancement Division of Bott, said: ‘During the recession we’ve not only been able to protect our business, but also grow it further. In 2008 the light commercial vehicle market reduced by around 43%, and since then our industry has faced very tough conditions. Of course, our customers had to deal with the impact of a poor economic climate too, so we worked hard to provide new, cost-effective solutions that reduced downtime for our customers and increased employees’ efficiency when mobile – and that strategy has paid off.
‘The improved Ashby de la Zouch premises reflect the needs of both our customers and our staff – and we engaged with them and listened to their ideas throughout the process. We believe the refurbishment, in particular the modern, stylish showroom, will really improve the customer experience – and we’ve already received very positive feedback.’