Manufacturer drums up new business to record record year

Andy Stone, Optimum Corporate Solutions, Alan Stanley, UKSE and Dave Eyre, Hardcase International

One year on from a management buyouy led by its former sales manager, a Chesterfield-based manufacturer says it is on course to post record figures.

Hardcase International, which makes rigid plastic drums and percussion cases, was bought out with a £75,000 investment from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) last September.

The firm says it has taken on a further two members of staff since then and increased its turnover by nearly 10% since then.

Dave Eyre, managing director, said: “I’m delighted to have built upon the accomplishments of Hardcase over the last year. When working as sales manager I used to be able to depict the seasonal trends in sales, but now it’s just busy all year round.

“Having been introduced to UKSE by Andy Stone from finance specialists, Optimum Corporate Solutions, the investment and continued support we’ve had since, from Alan Stanley in particular, has been much needed and very greatly appreciated. Without Alan’s expert advice and guidance it may have been a completely different story one year on.”

Established in 1992, Hardcase International Limited was one of the first companies globally to introduce rotational moulded plastic drum cases into the music industry.

Alan Stanley from UK Steel Enterprise added: “I’m pleased to hear that Dave has had such a positive first year as Managing Director and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting him throughout the process.

“Dave’s customer-driven ethos is second to none and this really shines through alongside the clear passion he has for the music industry. I look forward to continuing to work with Dave and have no doubt that Hardcase will continue to flourish under his management.”