A LEADING rubber hose manufacturer has moved to Alcester following a major expansion.

Goodflex Rubber, which manufactures and supplies rubber hoses, mouldings and assemblies, has moved its entire operation to a larger location in Alcester.

The company and its 38 employees has swapped its former 8,000 square foot site in Honeybourne for a new 32,000 square foot facility.

It comes as the firm has invested over £500,000 in the move following a 70 per cent increase in revenue over the last three years.

Goodflex Rubber received grants to help the move from the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme and the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University, and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd.

Improvements included the refurbishment of building; installation of a CCTV system; renovation of interior facilities and the installation of a new CNC Oscillating Cutting machine which will increase capacity.

Mark Dufty, Managing Director at Goodflex Rubber, said: “We analysed a number of locations ahead of the planned move before deciding that Alcester was the best location in terms of size, transport links and connections to a strong, regional manufacturing industry."

“The support provided by the Growth Hub and Coventry City Council was essential to planning and executing the relocation, which will be crucial to achieving our growth targets within the next three years.”

Jim Clark, account manager at the CWLEP Growth Hub, said: “The Growth Hub is always on hand to help businesses of all kinds find success within Coventry and Warwickshire, and that includes welcoming new peers into the region and helping them to access funding and support."

The relocation and improvements have allowed the business to double its raw material process capacity, which has proved crucial at a time when material shortages, price increases and supply chain disruption have impacted businesses.