Cygnet Group gets defibrillator and essential emergency services training

Published on October 21st, 2014

Cygnet Group Safety Week October 2014 smallEmployees at Northwich engineering company Cygnet Group will be taught essential skills for dealing with emergencies this week in a series of courses and demonstrations delivered by experts from Cheshire Fire and Rescue, Cheshire Constabulary Road Safety, the North West Ambulance Service and the British Heart Foundation.

The initiative forms part of European Health & Safety Week and takes place at Cygnet Group’s Wincham headquarters. Training in kitchen fire awareness, driver safety and emergency life support skills will be available to all of Cygnet’s 100 employees.

The week-long programme will include chip pan fire demonstrations by Cheshire Fire and Rescue, a driver safety presentation by Cheshire Constabulary Road Safety, and training in delivering first aid to deal with heart attacks and serious bleeding.

The week will culminate in the unveiling of Cygnet Group’s own defibrillator, by which time 30 of the company’s employees will be trained to operate it in the event of a cardiac arrest.

“We have some excellent training courses and demonstrations planned for this week and are hugely grateful to our local emergency services for taking time out of their schedules to come and share their knowledge with us,” said Stuart Parker, Head of Operations at Cygnet Group.

“By the end of this week, most of our 100-strong staff will have learned important new skills to help them avoid accidents and do the right thing in an emergency.”

New 21,000 sq ft building shapes Cygnet Group’s future in Cheshire

Published on September 25th, 2014

Cygnet Group Wincham Northwich New Building 2014Work has been completed on a 21,000 sq ft new building for Cheshire engineering specialist Cygnet Group, giving the company the height and space it needs to develop the next generation of its machines.

The new machinery assembly, testing and warehousing facility has been built on the same site as Cygnet Group’s current premises at New Cheshire Business Park in Wincham, Northwich.

The building gives the company three times the warehousing and machinery testing space it had previously. It contains a 16 tonne crane which will be used to build and test the fibre processing machines and subsea oil and gas safety connectors it manufactures and exports to customers around the world.

It is the first of a planned three-phase development that will provide Cygnet with a total of 91,000 sq ft of engineering and office space.

Cygnet Group reappointed the team that built its current headquarters, including Skelmersdale-based building company Construction Partnership UK (CPUK), Chester project management company Tor Project Services, and law firm DTM Legal.

Cygnet Group managing director Matthew Kimpton-Smith said: “The need for us to expand and improve our facilities is being driven by global demand for our products, in particular from the burgeoning fibre processing market. This in turn is being fuelled by considerable growth in aerospace, automotive and wind energy.

“The new building ultimately de-risks the purchase of our equipment because we can now fully test our machines before shipping to customers.

“An influx of new orders in the first half of this year makes the timing of this build more critical than ever.”

He went on to praise the work of the team selected to complete the build:

“CPUK, Tor Project Management and DTM Legal have once again proven to be true professionals. They have gone above and beyond our expectations to ensure this build was completed on time and on budget and have shouldered the strain that is typical of this sort of large-scale project, allowing us to get on with our business.”

Steve Burke, managing director of CPUK said: “It’s a really positive measure of the quality of service we provide when our customers ask us to undertake repeat work for them.

“We built a great relationship with Cygnet Group managing director Matthew Kimpton-Smith and his team on the original facility and I’m absolutely delighted that Cygnet turned to CPUK to help them with the next phase of their ongoing expansion.”

Cygnet Group Shortlisted in The Manufacturer of the Year 2014

Published on September 18th, 2014

Cygnet Group has been shortlisted in the Exporter of the Year category of The Manufacturer of the Year 2014 awards 

The Manufacturer Awards 2014The awards, which are run by one of the industry’s top magazines, The Manufacturer, recognise and celebrate British manufacturing.

Cygnet Group was shortlisted for its performance in international trade over the last four years. The judges considered its export strategy, growth and market share, as well as the way in which the company works with customers, suppliers and partners across the world.

“Competing alongside our industry peers in such a well-respected awards programme is particularly exciting and important,” says Cygnet Group managing director Matthew Kimpton-Smith.

“Our success this far is a true team effort that everyone at Cygnet Group has contributed to in a vital way.”

The company will join fellow shortlisted entrants at an awards ceremony on 27th November at Birmingham’s ICC where the winners will be announced.

Cygnet Group receives highest accolade in British business

Published on September 8th, 2014

Wincham engineering company Cygnet Group was officially presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in a ceremony led by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, on Thursday morning.

The Lord Lieutenant David Briggs presents Matthew Kimpton Smith of Cygnet Group with the Queens Award for International Export 2014Cygnet Group was awarded the accolade in recognition of its outstanding international sales record over the last three years. The company manufactures engineering machinery to process technical fibres and fabrics used in the automotive, aerospace and wind energy sectors, and patented safety connectors for the subsea oil and gas sector.

Speaking at the event, which took place at Cygnet’s headquarters in Wincham, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire congratulated the company on its win:

“You have won the highest business award in the UK,” he said to Cygnet’s workforce of more than 100 people.

“You have transformed and expanded during a period of decline in British manufacturing by making export the focus of your strategy.

“You are a company that has thought outside the box and you are an important factor in the British economy.”

The Lord Lieutenant went on to raise the Queen’s Award flag which will fly at the company’s headquarters for five years.

Cygnet Group’s roots date back to 1974 when engineer Colin Smith and his wife Janet founded the original business, Texkimp, to provide machinery for the textile industry. Four decades on, Texkimp is still thriving as part of Cygnet Group, which remains a family business.

Colin and Janet’s son Matthew Kimpton-Smith took up the role of managing director in 2006 and has driven its considerable growth in recent years alongside sales director Pete Banham and technical director Luke Vardy.

Cygnet Group founders meet the Queen at Palace awards reception

Published on July 15th, 2014

Cygnet Group founders Colin and Janet Smith enjoyed the great honour of meeting the Queen when they attended a royal reception on Monday 14th July, after the company was awarded a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Janet and Colin Smith of Cygnet meet The Queen July 2014Colin and Janet took their places alongside fellow award winners and business leaders at the celebration at Buckingham Palace, to mark the achievements of British business.

They were also part of a small group invited to meet and chat to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The award comes in the year Cygnet Group celebrates 40 years in business and recognises its outstanding international sales record over the last three years.

Speaking about their experience, Janet Smith said:

“Meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh is one of the greatest highlights of our careers, and for it to happen in our fortieth year in business makes it even more awesome.

“They were very interested to understand what Cygnet Group does and chatted easily with us. The whole event was breathtakingly beautiful.

“When we set up the business, we could never have imagined we would be celebrating its 40th anniversary year in this way. Our only regret was that everyone involved in Cygnet Group, past and present, couldn’t be there to celebrate with us.”

Colin and Janet founded Texkimp at their home in 1974 to provide machinery for the textile industry. Four decades on, the original Texkimp business is still thriving as part of Cygnet Group, which remains a family business and is now based in Wincham, Northwich, employing over 100 people.

Cygnet Group was awarded a Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years, during which it saw overseas earnings growth of 255% to £23m and almost doubled its number of employees. In the same period it opened new offices in China and the USA and entered a number of other new markets including Africa, Scandinavia and Northern Canada.