Timber and signage company SEQOL Enterprise Works has seen year-on-year sales soar by 27 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 – directly after celebrating its best year since before the recession began.
Enterprise Works employs adults who have learning or physical disabilities to support them in gaining access to the mainstream employment market. It is a division of SEQOL, the employee-owned social enterprise that delivers adult social care and community health services in Swindon.
Since Matt Morrison-Clarke, who came to SEQOL from an FMCG sales and marketing background, took up post as commercial manager in early 2015, the entire team at the Gypsy Lane-based supplier to trade and consumers has pulled together and seen a dramatic improvement in performance.
“We’re delighted that Enterprise Works’ sales figures are rising consistently,” said Matt.
“We’ve done some hard work around stock management, marketing and merchandising, and developed a team that is continually focusing on our customers’ and suppliers’ needs, all of which has had a very positive impact on productivity.
“As we hoped, this approach has dramatically improved our bottom line and our commercial independence. We’re now working on increasing the range of products we offer, extending our trading hours and upping our game in terms of our marketing activity. The ongoing success of our trading activity underpins our core strategic aim, which is supporting a workforce predominantly made up of adults with disability in Swindon and Wiltshire.”
Enterprise Works has taken on far more new trainees over the past 12 months, supporting them through its programme before helping them settle into permanent mainstream employment.
SEQOL Enterprise Works is situated at Unit 1a on Gipsy Lane, Swindon, SN2 8DT. It opens from 7.45am to 4.30pm Mondays to Thursdays, from 7.45am to 4pm on Fridays and from 8.30am to 4pm on Saturdays. For more information ring 01793 464646 or visit: www.seqol.org/enterprise-works