Firm builds for a bright 2014

Arkoni Managing Director and founder Mark Prentice
Arkoni Managing Director and founder Mark Prentice

Architectural metalworking specialist Arkoni is gearing up for a busy 2014 with a £250,000 investment in at its Brighouse headquarters.

Work started on a new additional 1600 square metre workshop in November 2013 at their site on Armytage Road and concluded in January with hi-tec CNC (Computer Numerical Control) cutting and glazing machinery incorporated into the new work space.

The development will lead to the initial creation of two jobs with further appointments expected in 2014 after another record year of growth for the 22-year-old manufacturing business.

Arkoni managing director and founder Mark Prentice explained: “The machinery we’ve acquired and the additional workshop space reflects our rapid growth over the past two years and a need to invest in order to cope with demand for our metalwork and fire-rated glazing systems across the UK construction sector.

“After twelve months of running at almost 100 per cent capacity this will give us space to breath and delivers even more potential for growth and future recruitment.”

Partial funding for the development has come from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Business Growth Programme supported by, the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region LEP said: “Arkoni has demonstrated that it’s a business experiencing high growth and increasing demand. The LEP has supported this investment in their manufacturing facility and gives them a foundation from which to maintain this momentum.”

Arkoni, established in 1991, specialises in the manufacture and installation of bespoke staircases, balustrades, canopies, entrance areas and fire resistant glazing on behalf of many of the UK’s major construction firms and architectural practices.

The company currently employs 50 at its Brighouse HQ and reported a 2012 turnover of £4 million, a 30% increase on the previous twelve months. Arkoni expects to report a similar level of growth for 2013.