Precision engineering firm JJ Churchill has secured more than £100m in contracts, and increased its headcount by 35% after five years on the Sharing in Growth programme.
The business has also impressively increased its export forward order book from under £1m to more than £37m in the same period.
Andrew Churchill, executive chairman at JJ Churchill told The Manufacturer: “We’re delighted to see the steady delivery of our strategy over the last four years: to develop into a volume, civil aero-engine supplier, come to fruition.
“In that time we’ve moved from being a small, batch manufacturer of legacy compressor blades for one customer into a recognised expert in the production and supply of both complex turbine and compressor blades into a variety of global OEMs’ premier civil engine programmes.”
What is Sharing in Growth?
The industry-led productivity and competitiveness improvement programme, Sharing in Growth, has now helped UK aerospace suppliers win orders worth more than £3.6bn.
The not-for-profit programme is now so successful that it is providing a 60:1 return on public investment, with the majority of companies on the programme growing at five-times the rate of their industry peers.
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He explains that Sharing in Growth has aided the business throughout its journey, adding that; “It was their expertise on the strategic planning front that has helped drive the business forward.”
Churchill concludes: “The investments in capital equipment have been made and the orders won; the challenge is now to optimise production and deliver against these exciting long-term programmes.”
The company was one of the first aerospace suppliers selected for Sharing in Growth in 2013, when its ambitions were to overcome risks caused by the oil crisis by expanding its export capabilities.
With support from the programme, JJ Churchill has increased turnover by almost 30% from 2015/16 and now has plans to exceed £38m by 2020.
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