A golf trolley manufacturer has revealed it is on course for more growth after pulling a £1m factory investment out of the bag.
Stewart Golf is the firm on a roll after a round of funding from its bank allowed it to pull a brand-new 10,500sq ft factory at the Waterwells Business Park in Gloucester out of the bag.
Since starting the business and manufacture of its premium electric golf trolleys in an idyllic converted Cotswolds coach house in 2000, the business added a second warehouse 2.5 miles away in 2012 to accommodate growing storage needs.
That building morphed into a second factory when the company started building the R Series three-wheeled push trolley there in 2014.
But even with two sites the firm had only just been able to keep up with growing demand.
Its new building almost doubles its space for offices, production and storage – and according to Stewart Golf “signals a new era for the company and future-proofing it for expected growth”.
David Funnell, managing director, said: “We are passionate about making our machines here in Great Britain: this investment reaffirms our commitment to staying a British-built brand. The new factory will allow us to build trolleys more efficiently and in greater numbers than ever.
“We have been hard pressed to keep up with demand in the last couple of years so this move will give us the increased capacity that we need to grow.”
Mark Stewart, founder and chief executive officer, said: “The new building is exactly what we’ve been looking for to take Stewart Golf to the next level.
“The quality, location and feel of our new home match our vision for the future of the company. Our entire management team is from Gloucestershire and we’re extremely proud to be investing in the country and creating jobs here.”
Stewart Golf worked with NatWest relationship director John Bailey to secure funding for their new premises.
Mr Bailey said: “Stewart Golf is a fantastic example of a growing business which is committed to Gloucestershire and adds great value to our local economy. It is rewarding to be able to support a firm which invests so much in local manufacturing and skills, and we look forward to seeing their ongoing expansion.”
Stewart Golf is now planning the fit-out of the new factory with modern offices, communal areas, dedicated service area and of course, the all-important storage and production areas.