Qimtek Case Study: Warren Services Ltd

Read about how one of Qimtek's longest and most successful members, Warren Services Ltd are looking to a digital future!

Thetford-based Warren Services is making changes to its management board to prepare for planned rapid growth.

Founder and chairman Richard Bridgman will make way for his son and current managing director Will Bridgman to become chairman, with overall responsibility for the business.

A keen technologist, Will says “I want to keep the company at the forefront of new digital technology that is driving the next industrial revolution. We are aiming for 50% growth in the next three years.”

General manager and director Clive Poyner, who has been instrumental in growing the 27-year old company in the past 10-years, will become managing director. Richard Bridgman, a well-known businessman in East Anglia, who founded Warren Services with wife Sharon in 1990, will continue to help develop new business but will have more time to focus on his passion, the development of new talent in engineering both locally and nationally.

Richard Bridgman was chair of skills council SEMTA East of England for many years, is a regional advisory board member of manufacturers’ organisation EEF, is on the local LEP Skills Board and works very closely with West Suffolk College. In 2014 he was recognised as one of the UK’s 100 most inspirational manufacturing industry leaders by The Manufacturer magazine and the following year was made an honorary fellow of the University of Suffolk. In each case, he focuses on improving training standards and providing young people with career opportunities in engineering.

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He says: “I have been devoted to growing Warren Services for 27-years, and to developing the engineering skills training industry for almost as long. It is time to hand the reins on to Will and Clive, where the company wants to grow, exploit new markets, and adopt more of the new digital technology that manufacturers now have access to. I know they will do a great job.”

As chairman, Will Bridgman will find and integrate new customers, especially for large technically challenging projects that demand multiple engineering processes, was well as the development of partner companies that strategically fit with the company’s objectives to be the go-to manufacturing partner for blue chip companies while also having resources to help new start-ups.

New managing director Clive Poyner will be tasked with establishing stronger links with existing customers and eliminating waste in all aspects of the business, a key performance metric for Warren Services, one of the largest subcontract engineering firms in East Anglia.

The board of directors, comprising co-owners Richard, Sharon and Will Bridgman, and supported by Clive Poyner, finance director Becky Mason and production manager Peter Brimson, remains unchanged.
Among several exciting engineering projects at the two-site business in Thetford, Norfolk is the daily manufacture of 12 ready-to-fit balconies for luxury apartments in and around London, automated foldable buildings, and complex theatre projects nationally and internationally. The versatile company even builds animatronic dinosaurs.

“If it can be fabricated, machined, welded, connected and assembled – we can make it,” says Will Bridgman.

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The variety of enquiries that come through really suit our business needs. As a result, we’ve been able to form quite a few well-established relationships with buyers, who continue to provide us with ongoing work. The Qimtek team have provided us a lot of support over the years. Just one example, through our association with yourselves we turned over £3.5m with a customer last year that we found at Subcon 2017.  This year (2021) the forecast is for £6m. We would definitely recommend them to other companies!

Director, Warren Services Ltd

From a sourcing perspective, United Construction & Manufacturing have also found the Qimtek network invaluable. ‘Qimtek’s sourcing service has helped us to find lots of great suppliers that we wouldn’t have found ourselves,’ they explained. ‘It’s also useful to have another port of call if we experience problems with a supplier. ‘We would rate Qimtek’s sourcing service nine out of ten, because nobody’s perfect!’

Works Manager. United Construction & Manufacturing

I have used Qimtek sourcing service several times, using a Non Disclosure Agreement and I must say, it works very effectively and does the job on sensitive projects. It saves us a lot of time as Qimtek collect the signed NDA's before releasing the drawings to potential suppliers to quote. I'm pleased with the responses coming back, and will be awarding my projects to Qimteks Supplier Members. I would highly recommend using Qimtek sourcing service with or without the nda, it's been successful everytime 

Design Engineer at Compak Ramps Ltd

We have recently registered with Qimtek within the last 2-3 months, and have found them to be very helpful and professional with our enquiries into finding suppliers for our manufactured items. The company representative and additional team continue finding the right supplier for our needs. They are also very approachable and helpful in finding numerous suppliers, which makes us as a company more efficient in serving our customers across the UK. We at Ductec are very happy with service Qimtek provide us and will continue to use them in the future. Thank you Qimtek for the great service in finding our manufacturing suppliers.

Installation Manager. Ductec Ltd

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