AJN reports another outstanding year

UK, August 2, 2017: AJN Steelstock Ltd, which has sites in Newmarket, Suffolk and Henstridge, Somerset, has reported another outstanding twelve month trading period as the company continues to go from strength to strength.

AJN Steelstock’s turnover for the year ending April 2017 was up 64% on the previous year with turnover reaching £92 million on sales of around 144 thousand tonnes of steel.

Commenting, AJN Steelstock’s Finance Director, Courtney Bell, said; “We are continually investing in our two sites, training our people and ploughing investment into the most up-to-date processing equipment so that we can offer our customers the highest levels of service.

“This commitment means that our customers get the right steel, delivered on time, anywhere in the country.”

AJN Steelstock now employs 335 people across its two sites with 75 new people joining in the last twelve months, following an intensive recruitment drive.

Investment in new plant and vehicles over the last five years has reached close to £15 million with just under £1.5 million being invested last year.

“We had planned to make the coming year one of consolidation, where we draw all the successful elements of the business together and plan our next development phase, but we have been so successful over the last 18 months that we are now pushing forward with further expansion”, adds Courtney.

“We have invested heavily in staff over this period, and that investment is really paying off. We are fortunate to be the kind of company that people join and stay with. That gives us tremendous continuity which our customers like. It also means that our teams are experienced, knowledgeable and professional.”

Levi piles on the pressure as Superbike season unfolds

UK, July 19, 2017: Well, there’s no doubting the raw ambition, tenacity and pure will to win of Levi Day, the British Championships motorbike contender sponsored by AJN Steelstock Ltd.

In his latest two-day race at Snetterton race track, Levi clinched a podium place by coming third in both the Saturday and Sunday sessions with a nail biting over-the-line tussle on Sunday with Levi fending off some serious competition.

As well as being ‘placed’ in each race, Levi has added to his championship points tally, building nicely to an end of season superbike thriller.

Australian born Levi (27), is racing this season in the British Championships Ducati Tri Options Cup where all the competing superbikes are of the same standard and the difference between first and second place is all a matter of riding experience and technique. All the bikes are of a similar standard with very few modifications allowed, making for an extremely competitive class of racing.

Levi’s first race of the season was at Donnington Park in April, which saw him take the trophy for top spot among the 899cc category.

Alan Boyden, joint managing director of AJN Steelstock said; “Superbike racing is one of the most competitive and exhilarating sports around and the Ducati Tri Options Cup is an incredibly demanding series of races.

“Levi’s infections enthusiasm, his determination, coupled with his ‘will to win’ makes it an absolute pleasure to be supporting him as he makes his bid for superbike glory.”

 

AJN puts its money on a race to the top

UK, April 24, 2017: AJN Steelstock Ltd, which has steel stockyards in Newmarket, Suffolk and Henstridge in Somerset, is delighted to announce that it has just concluded a sponsorship deal with Levi Day, an Australian motorcycle racer for the 2017 British Champions season.

Levi (27) is racing this season in the British Championships Ducati Tri Options Cup where all the competing superbikes are of the same standard and the difference between first and second place is all a matter of riding experience and technique. All the bikes are of a similar standard with very few modifications allowed, making for an extremely competitive class of racing.

Levi’s first race of the season was at Donnington Park (1-2 April 2017), which saw him take the trophy for top spot among the 899cc category.

Commenting, Alan Boyden, joint Managing Director of AJN Steelstock, said: “Superbike racing is one of the most competitive and exhilarating sports around and the Ducati Tri Options Cup is an incredibly demanding series of races.

“Levi’s infectious enthusiasm, his determination, coupled with his ‘will to win’, makes it an absolute pleasure to be supporting him as he makes his bid for superbike glory.”

AJN Steelstock has seen demand for its steel increase month on month, year on year for the last 16 years. In the last financial year (2016-2017), the company sold close to 145,000 tonnes of steel with a turnover for the same period of £92 million – up £36 million on the previous year.

In 2015, AJN made a multi-million pound purchase and investment in a 17 acre site in Henstridge, Somerset, to increase its capacity and serve as a bridgehead for expansion into the South Coast, South West, M4 corridor, Wales and the West Midlands.

 

AJN Henstridge – one year on

UK, March 15, 2017: As Henstridge celebrated its first anniversary at the end of 2016, everything is on an upward trajectory at AJN’s Somerset base. Henstridge’s General Manager, Andrew Jeffery, explains more.

“It’s been a very busy first twelve months at Henstridge. Getting a new site up and running is always a challenge but I’m extremely proud both of the way the team has driven things forward and of where we are today.

From a standing start, we now employ 135 people and we’re looking to recruit another 30 or so in the next 12 months. Of our team, 25 are in the office, we have 22 drivers and the remainder are spread across the site.

We now have three shifts. The day and evening shifts are completely operational and the night shift is gradually gearing up to full capacity as we recruit both operators and managers with sufficient experience.

Alongside our expanding workforce, we’ve also invested heavily in equipment. Our second drilling line is now in place and we’ll shortly have three new saws in situ.

And the results of all this investment in staff and equipment have been impressive. Our daily tonnage has gone from zero to 300 tonnes in the space of a year and it’s a figure that keeps on rising.

One of the reasons we’ve made such good progress is that we were able to draw on top drawer talent from the start. With the site having previously been owned by Newton Steel Stock, many of its former employees still lived in the area and provided a solid and experienced foundation to our team.

And it’s not just the in house staff who are local. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to give much of the site regeneration work to contractors who live and have businesses in the area.

Recruitment has slowed down slightly after the initial surge, partly because we want to ensure we employ people with the right experience, who are going to buy in to the AJN way of doing things, and be a good member of the group.

Our location has also helped. Being on the Dorset/Somerset border gives us access to the South West, Wales, the South coast and up in to the Midlands. Between us and Kentford we now cover much of the southern half of the UK.

For the future? Well, it’s more of the same, please! We’ll continue to recruit and increase our daily tonnage, whilst offering the same top level of customer service for which AJN is rightly respected.

Roll on our second anniversary!

Tracy ‘Braves the Shave’

UK, February 10, 2017: Does the prospect of losing your hair, bit by bit, make your hair stand on end?  If it does then spare a thought for our Payroll Administrator, Tracy Molloy, who had her whole head shaved for charity.

On 1st October thirty three years ago, Tracy’s mum passed away. That’s a long time ago, over three decades. But as anyone who has lost a parent prematurely will tell you, the sense of loss never leaves – and why should it?

When the opportunity came along to do something unique to honour her mum, Tracy didn’t give it a second’s thought and agreed to have her lovely locks shaved off in an attempt to reach her target of £1,000 as part of the MacMillan Cancer Support fundraising challenge called Brave the Shave.

Tracy’s hairdressing friend agreed to perform the hair execution and closed her salon for the morning as Tracy and her family gathered to witness the Grand Shaving of the Head.

Not surprisingly, Tracy didn’t’ want to see what was happening to her gorgeous tresses as they fell to the floor, so the hairdresser turned the chair away from the mirror, divided Tracy’s hair into six long plaits and the cutting began.

And her first reaction when the chair was turned round Tracy saw what had happened to her crowning glory? “Oh my God, I look like my brother.”

But the story doesn’t end there. Tracy has donated her hair to the Little Princesses Trust which uses real hair to make hair pieces for children enduring the pain and discomfort of cancer therapy.

And as for the £1,000 target Tracy set herself, well at the time of writing, Tracy’s total stands at, £2,800. So come on, just a few more donations and we can push the total to £3,000 – or more!

Well done Tracey.

Size matters

UK, January 4, 2017: Sometimes it’s hard to visualise numbers and get your head around them. For example, can you imagine what a million marbles look like? Or what half a million in £5.00 notes looks like?

These are numbers that we use every day without stopping to think about what the figures actually mean.

Here’s another, what does 11 acres look like? Unless you are a farmer you are unlikely to know.  However, if you had your own drone and hovered over our Kentford site you would see what 11 acres looks like.

OK, now you can relate 11 acres to something you are familiar with, how about 17 acres? That’s the size of our Henstridge site. It’s big, very big.

If we could drop the Kentford site onto the Henstridge site, there would be six acres left over.

And what does six acres look like. Well, it’s about four football pitches. Like we said Henstridge is big, very big.

AJN joins ‘Steel for Life’

UK, July 4, 2016: Suffolk-based AJN Steelstock Ltd is delighted to announce that it is a Gold Level sponsor of Steel for Life, a steel industry body devoted to promoting the benefits of steel over concrete as a construction material.

The UK is seen as the world leader in steel design and construction with our use of steel in multi-storey buildings well above EU averages.  Steel for Life is committed to maintaining the UK’s pre-eminent position as a leading consumer of steel in the construction industry and works with architects, engineers, specifiers and contractors to promote the key benefits and advantages of using steel.

The total demand for structural steelwork in the UK is around one million tonnes in a typical year, with demand for associated steel products creating an additional one million tonnes.

Commenting, AJN Steelstock’s Finance Director, Courtney Bell said: “The use of structural steel in the construction industry far outstrips any other competing material, including concrete. If that position is to be maintained, and we are to continue to lead the world in the use of steel in our construction, it is essential for us to be working with and supporting the aims of Steel for Life.”

In 2014 the market share for the use of steel in single storey buildings was 86 per cent and 68 per cent for multi-storey commercial buildings. Across the EU the use of steel in single storey buildings was 53 per cent and for multi storey buildings, 25 per cent.

AJN Steelstock is a family owned business which was started in 1974 by John Boyden and was located in Bury St Edmunds. Today the business is owned by John’s sons Alan and Neil from their head office based in Kentford just outside Newmarket in Suffolk.

The company has seen demand for its steel increase month on month, year on year for the last fifteen years. In the last financial year (2015-2016), AJN Steelstock, sold close to 96,000 tonnes of steel with a turnover for the same period of £56 million – up £5 million on the previous year. This trend is expected to continue in to the 2016/17 financial year.

In 2015, AJN Steelstock made a multi-million pound purchase and investment in a 17 acre site in Henstridge, Somerset, to increase its capacity and serve as a bridgehead for expansion into the South Coast, South West, M4 corridor, Wales and the West Midlands.

A steel industry success story

UK, June 9, 2016: Steel making in the UK may be experiencing difficult times, but for one company in our region steel sales, company turnover, expansion and investment are at an all-time high, and the upward trend looks set to continue.

In the last financial year (2015-2016), Suffolk-based AJN Steelstock Ltd, sold close to 96,000 tonnes of steel with a turnover for the same period of £56 million – up £5 million on the previous year.

In 2015, AJN Steelstock made a multi-million pound purchase and investment in a 17 acre site in Henstridge, Somerset, to increase its capacity and serve as a bridgehead for expansion into the South Coast, South West, M4 corridor, Wales and the West Midlands.

In order to bring the site up to an operational level, the company placed contracts to the value of £750,000 with local companies and has since created over 100 brand new permanent jobs.

The company has also just invested £1.2 million in new saw/drilling line and high definition plasma profiling machine to keep pace with customer demand, together with an additional £500,000 worth of various other new machinery.

AJN Steelstock now employs over two hundred sixty people across its purpose-built Newmarket and Henstridge sites.

Commenting, AJN Steelstock’s Financial Director, Courtney Bell, said: “We are not involved in steel production, which is where the bulk of the problems besetting the steel industry are at the moment.

“Rather, we supply high-quality steel to the UK construction and engineering industries and increasing demand means that we have made these multi-million investments at a time when the rest of the industry is in turmoil.”

The company has seen demand for its steel increase month on month, year on year for the last fifteen years, culminating in today’s record breaking announcement.  This trend is expected to continue in to the 2016/17 financial year.

AJN Steelstock is a family owned business which was started in 1974 by John Boyden and was located in Bury St Edmunds. Today the business is owned by John’s sons Alan and Neil from their head office based in Kentford just outside Newmarket in Suffolk.

 

Fab four row into history books

UK, January 27, 2016: There is really only one word to describe the achievement of Angus Collins, Angus Barton, Joe Barnett and Jack Mayhew and that’s ‘absolutely awesome’ – OK that’s two.

Not only did our four heroes complete ‘the world’s toughest race’ – rowing non-stop from the Canary Islands to Antigua (that’s 3,000 gruelling miles) but they smashed the world record and have deservedly rowed themselves into the history books.

The boys led right from the start and completed the race in 37 days, nine hours and 12 minutes, beating the previous record by four days.

Called the Talisker Whiskey Challenge, the boys entered the competition determined to not only finish the race, but to claim the prize of doing it in the fastest possible time.

AJN Steelstock took the sponsorship lead by investing in the purpose-built nine-meter ocean going rowing boat that would be home to the ‘oarsome foursome’ for the duration of the crossing.

Combating heat, tropical storms, hallucinations, forty-foot waves and agonising pressure sores, the boys took it in turns to row in two-hour shifts and were greeted in English Harbour, Antigua, by relieved family and friends.

As far as fundraising challenges go, this surely, must rank among the toughest with the four school mates who called their team Ocean Reunion, aiming to raise £100,000 to be split between the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Only a few days ago the boys encountered a monster tropical storm that turned into Hurricane Alex, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.

Twenty-six teams put to sea in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, setting off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 20th 2015.

Commenting, Courtney Bell, AJN Steelstock’s Finance Director, said: “We are so proud of the boys. They overcame all the hardships the sea could throw at them and worked tirelessly as a team to not only complete the challenge – and it really lives up to its billing as the world’s toughest race – but smash the previous record by miles.

“The only task left now for the boys is to turn the boat around and bring it back!”

 

Jess smashes fundraising target

AJN Steelstock’s Junior Sales Executive, Jessica Pilo-Beech, has smashed her fundraising target having tamed the North Sea by completing a 120km row up the East Anglian Coast.

Jess, who set herself a target of raising £3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, spent 31 hours out at sea in a nine meter ocean going rowing boat. In a true test of courage and determination, Jess (21), overcame fatigue, sleep deprivation, blisters, bashed shins, huge waves and colossal ships to reach dry land to the news that over £5,000 had been donated to the charity.

The challenge was organised by the AJN sponsored ‘Ocean Reunion’ team who intend to set a new world record when they take on a gruelling 3,000 mile epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean in December this year.

“I’m delighted and feel incredibly proud to have played a part in raising much needed funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and am overwhelmed with the support and generosity that everyone has shown”, said Jess.

“Physically and mentally it was very tough and at night it was both scary and exhausting. We rowed non-stop in two hour shifts and it was tough on morale when you’d just get your head down for some sleep and there’d be a bang on the cabin door for your ten minute warning before the next shift.”

So is Jess considering joining the team for the main event in December? “I will most certainly not be doing this again. I completely admire the Ocean Reunion team for what they are going to be going through buy my legs definitely belong on dry land.”

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis and those who care for them. Cystic Fibrosis is a life-shortening inherited disease affecting over 10,000 people in the UK. The charity’s Patient Registry and Research Programme helps with the development of treatments that will limit the impact of Cystic Fibrosis, and will, one day, find a treatment to beat it for good.

For further information visit: http:/www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/

 

 

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