Harrogate manufacturer creates jobs as it achieves record turnover

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 by The Manufacturer

Green-tech, a Yorkshire-based manufacturer of gardening products has created eight new jobs as turnover shot from £7.1 to £9.6m in the past year.

In three separate months last year the company achieved a turnover of £1m – a first in its history. As turnover has grown Green-tech has also expanded its facilities. A new store for tree-planting supplies and a 7,000 sq ft office facility were completed in 2011. The Green-tech site now covers 30,000 sq ft.

Green-tech’s success has been achieved with assistance from Yorkshire Bank’s Investing for Growth initiative. The company has grown to its current size from a small start-up established in 1994 by husband and wife founders, Richard and Rachel Kay. The turnover in the first year was £160,000 – a figure which has since doubled every four years.

Forty-two staff are now employed at the Harrogate site and the company has plans to expand its workforce further. Green-tech is run by Mrs Kay, managing director, while Mr Kay is chairman.

Green-tech has diversified and expanded its product range since its inception and now offers 3,000 products from tools to soils aggregates.

Mrs Kay put Green-tech’s success down to its strategic product expansion and high quality levels but also gave credit to Yorkshire Bank for its recent support: “We’ve been with Yorkshire Bank Harrogate FSC for several years and are pleased that it is supporting our business development through its Investing for Growth initiative.”