A south Shropshire specialist building materials company has paid thanks to the UK Trade and Investment arm of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce after seeing its turnover increase by 50% in 2012 with yet a further increase on that figure this financial year.
Jesmonite is a revolutionary substance that can be moulded to replicate virtually any material and was invented in 1984 by concrete technologist Peter Hawkins, who lives in Craven Arms in semi-retirement yet remains the company’s technical director.
Jesmonite Ltd is run by managing director Simon Pearson and financial director Mark Lennock and is currently situated at Challenge Court, in Bishops Castle, where it employs a total of 12 people.
The material is used extensively in architecture as a modern, lightweight, alternative to stonework and features in many prestigious and ornate buildings across the world including Russia, Turkey and the Gulf States, and in Knightsbridge, Canary Wharf and the Imperial War Museum in London.
Simon Pearson said: “It has been a long journey of research and development to create the high standard of products that we now have which give architects the opportunity to create spectacular buildings by having confidence in the strength and practicality of Jesmonite.
“The financial contribution, expertise and support of UKTI provides vital help for small businesses like ours to accelerate our export strategy and with the help of UKTI commercial teams based in British embassies overseas we are now looking to expand our European network to include Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
“The UKTI has a great deal of international knowledge and supplies us with a vital insight into the culture and practices of so many countries, which helps greatly with our sales and export plans.
“With access to national and regional airports this means that we can do business across the globe while still retaining an envious quality of life, living in the beautiful south Shropshire countryside.”
International trade advisor for UKTI, Shernel Stevenson, added: “From my very first meeting with Jesmonite Ltd I was extremely impressed by their professionalism and drive to succeed.
“Simon and Mark are ambitious and enthusiastic, working tirelessly to drive the company forward, so it is a pleasure to assist them in any way that we can as part of our Gateway to Global Growth programme and to play a small part in the company’s expansion and development.”