New chapter in Denford story

Denford Ltd, Brighouse'The team outside the new premises
Denford Ltd, Brighouse'The team outside the new premises

WHILE other manufacturers have struggled in the recession, Brighouse company Denford Ltd has gone from strength to strength and recently moved into purpose-built premises.

For almost 60 years the company has been at the forefront of helping young people enjoy and excel at design and technology.

To cope with increasing demand for its services, Denford has moved from its former premises off Birds Royd Lane into a new, state-of-the-art headquarters at Armytage Road - a sure sign of confidence in the face of uncertain times.

The premises will house the company’s manufacturing facilities, office space, a dedicated showroom, and demonstration and training facilities.

Denford is a leading manufacturer of computer-aided design and manufacturing solutions for the education sector. Managing director Simon Moorhouse attributes the company’s success to its proactive approach.

“We’ve looked at expanding our range and bringing new and affordable products to market as quickly as possible,” he said. “It’s been absolutely fantastic in this type of economy.

“We are very interested to see what the Education Secretary Michael Gove has planned for education funding in the UK - particularly with regard to secondary schools which are our biggest market.”

Mr Moorhouse said the company’s order books were healthy and the number of enquiries coming in were promising.

“We’ve had seven years of growth and over the last couple of years our sales revenue has been growing in excess of 35 per cent year-on-year,” he said. “The challenge will be keeping that going. But we are looking at new products and new markets and we will continue to look at making sure we improve profit margins wherever we can.”

Denford’s, a family firm, dates back to the years before the Second World War. It was founded in Halifax by Horace Denford, grandfather of the current chief executive Andrew Denford, before moving to Brighouse in the 1950s.

At first it produced engineering inspection and measuring equipment and tool holders before moving on to lathes, tool sharpening equipment, grinders and polishers. Horace’s son, Gerald Denford, took over the company in 1962 and steered it into new technology era.

Today the company has a worldwide reputation for quality and technological excellence, exporting it to schools, colleges and universities in more than 80 countries. In addition the company has founded and sponsors the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.