The Dorset-based composite manufacturer has announced that they have expanded their workforce by 50%, creating a number of jobs for the area.
The news follows Beagle’s £1m investment over the past year in equipment and upgrades to their facilities. Beagle stated that the increase in the number of jobs within the company reflects their growing order book.
A spokesperson for Beagle told the The Manufacturer that this was largely down to the company’s contract with the MOD, producing composite pods for Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPVs).
Beagle has traditionally been a manufacturer of aerospace products. However, when the defence spending review was announced last year the company decided to diversify their manufacturing capabilities. The LPPV contract is a prime example of this.
Initially, a team of 25 new employees were appointed during the summer, and now Beagle has filled the second batch of positions – bringing the new team up to 45. These positions include roles such as manufacturing operatives and supervisors, some of which have been filled by employees new to the manufacturing industry.
Christopher Chope, MP for Christchurch, told reporter Thomas Moore: “It is always good to hear when local firms are expanding their markets and their workforce.”
Two new senior positions have been filled at Beagle by Steve Mullen, who has been appointed as head of business development, and Rebecca Tunnicliffe, who is the new marketing and business excellence co-ordinator.
Managing director at Beagle, John Taylor, commented: “I am delighted that the Company is able to offer new jobs at a time when the economy in general is being hard hit. It is particularly rewarding that we are able to train up inexperienced workers and equip them new skills.”
Speaking about how the new jobs will help the company to grow, Taylor added: “Combined with our latest investment in equipment and upgrades, our expanded workforce has enabled Beagle to offer our services, skills and experience to industries beyond the aerospace sector.”
“This is an exciting time for all of us at Beagle: we are building on our rich heritage and unique skills set, across a wide range of technologies, to innovate and win business in new markets.”
When asked about these new markets, Taylor told The Manufacturer that Beagle had identified a range of industries, from motorsport to wind turbines, where they hoped to expand.
Beagle Technology Group has been nominated for best SME Manufacturer of the year by The Manufacturer. The Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2011 are being held tonight at the Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester.