Coachbuilder expands to meet growing demand

Jeff Bull, CEO of Coachbuilt, with Dirk Schafer, of the University of Warwick Science Park

A Warwickshire firm that helps wheelchair users lead more independent lives has undergone fresh expansion as it continues to try and meet demand for its services.

Coachbuilt GB designs and manufactures coach-built vehicles accessible to wheelchair users and which can accommodate their personal healthcare equipment so they can get out and about.

The company is a past wimner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its innovative vehicles.

It has relocated from the Carlyon Road Industrial Estate in Atherstone to bigger premises at the Attleborough Fields Industrial Estate in Nuneaton.

The family-owned business, which has seen a 200% incease in turnover year-on-year for the past five years, has been looking to expand both in terms of premises and staff so it can fulfil its growing order book.

Jeff Bull, CEO of Coachbuilt, said: “Our Atherstone site just became too small as the business progressed. We needed to find somewhere to move.”

The team has been working with the University of Warwick Science Park and its programmes for a number of years. It therefore tapped into its resoruces to try and identify suitable new promises.

Dirk Schafer, a Business Ready adviser at the University of Warwick Science Park, said: “Coachbuilt is an incredibly inspiring business for the work that it does by giving people independence.

“Jeff and the team are always striving to improve their skills and the fact that firm’s annual turnover has grown at an average of 200% per year over the last five years proves that with hard work and the right advice and support, you can achieve anything in the right market.

“We will continue to work with Coachbuilt to provide as much support and advice that the company wants.”