I promised myself I wouldnâ€™t use this blog to rant about the state of the economy and what the various governments have or havenâ€™t done to help the British manufacturing industry. Times are tough enough without playing the blame game.
Here at LCM Systems we pride ourselves on providing the optimum load cell solution for a customerâ€™s particular problem. And believe me they are varied. They range from simple weighing and lifting applications to sophisticated telemetry based instrumentation projects that tax the brain cells of even are most talented and experienced design engineers. So on the back of our sales successes, we have plans to grow the business and provide our customers with a wider range of services including same day/next day delivery of some of our more popular ranges of load cells ex-stock and several new exciting services that we canâ€™t reveal just yet.
But whatâ€™s holding us back? Can you believe that in the current economic climate we canâ€™t find suitable premises to move into? I’m not looking for anything too fancy!
In order to provide these new services we need a bigger building and there just doesnâ€™t seem to be anything suitable here on the beautiful Isle of Wight or what is suitable is so bound up in red tape that weâ€™ve had to pull out of at least one deal because there was not enough flexibility and a guarantee that we could undertake the building work that we needed to make the premises work for us.
Itâ€™s not as if itâ€™s all tourism. There is a number of thriving business parks and the Island has built up an enviable reputation as a place of excellence and innovation in the fields of maritime and aerospace engineering and technology.
Iâ€™d be interested to hear anyoneâ€™s views or experiences in finding manufacturing premises. How difficult was it and is it just us thatâ€™s finding sorting out the red tape a long, arduous and time-consuming task? Is it just us on the Isle of Wight or is it a common problem throughout the UK?