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A team of colleagues from Firmac and Firth Sheet Metal has completed the Yorkshire-Three Peaks Challenge and raised more than £2030 for St Catherine’s Hospice. The 25-mile route which included Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough was not made easy with torrential rain for most of the day.

The team comprised of Gregg Firth, John Benson, Darren Beck, Mark Breckon, Jay Galinski and Chris Messruther. Organiser John Benson said, “The conditions were really tough but we are delighted with the amount we raised. It was a great team effort in difficult conditions, so we were happy to complete the walk in just under 11 hours, which included a 30-minute break under the Ribblehead Viaduct to shelter from the rain! I’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who sponsored us, family, friends and suppliers.”

Saint Catherine’s provide care and support at home and in the hospice for adults with a terminal illness, and to their families and friends. Susan Stephenson, communications and marketing manager at Saint Catherine’s, said: “Thank you so much to John and the team for supporting patient care in this way.”


Following quickly on the heels of the recent “Business of the Year 2015” success at the Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards (CBYCBA) ceremony, Firmac has won the Scarborough News Business Awards 2015 “Export Achievement of the Year”.

Fighting off stiff competition, the Scarborough based firm which designs and manufacturers duct forming machinery for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market, impressed the judges with their record of exports to Europe, the Middle East and Russia.

Lewis Firth, Managing Director comments, “We are very pleased to have been presented with this award. Firmac has a strong export record and Firmac machines are working hard for customers across the world. We pride ourselves on producing high quality machinery, which is durable and reliable. In a market where machines from the Far East have been flooding the market, Firmac has held a strong position by innovating and producing machinery, which is faster and more accurate than the Chinese Far East competition. Customers see increased productivity and better return on their investment.”

Firmac is the only ductwork machinery manufacturer that designs and manufactures entirely in the UK.

Scarborough Engineering Week 2015

Firmac has recently spent three days at the Spa, Scarborough, 13-15 September talking to primary and secondary school children about the role of an engineer at the company. Along with many other local engineering businesses, Firmac was supporting an annual event aimed at promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects to local schools.

Scarborough Engineering Week, now in its 6th year welcomed thousands of students to the show.

Firmac apprentices were present for the whole event to talk to both students and parents about apprenticeships and the type of roles available at Firmac for school leavers. Firmac supports Engineering Week as part of an ongoing programme to promote engineering to students in the local area.

CBYCBA 2015 logo

Firmac has won the Best Medium/ Large Business Award and the Business of the Year Award 2015 at the Chamber Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast Business Awards. The winners were announced at a gala dinner hosted by the Chamber on October 16th at the Bridlington Spa.

Firmac along with Detectamet Ltd and Shepcote Distributors Ltd were selected from 15 entries from across the region to compete for the Best Medium/Large Business award.

Simon Morrell, General Manager, along with colleague Alan Waites, accepted the award on behalf of Firmac. “We were absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the best Medium/Large Business Award, and then to be awarded the overall Business of the Year 2015 was just fantastic,” comments Simon. “Everyone back at the factory is over the moon. It’s a great recognition of the engineering skills we have in the business – most of whom have been apprentice trained with us. Credit should be given to the team’s hard work and dedication to continually strive to improve and innovate to ensure the business stays ahead of our highly competitive international market.”

Firmac is a Scarborough based company and is the only business to wholly design and build metal duct forming equipment in the UK. Over 95% of the machinery is exported to Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The judges were impressed with how this local business has carved a place in the global marketplace for HVAC and commented “Firmac show how a family engineering business can innovate to protect themselves against changing market conditions and demonstrate that British engineering can still be world class”.

The citation for the Business of the Year stated that Firmac was “A superb example of how a company can diversify from a traditional metal working business into a specialist area that allows them to compete internationally.”

Firmac is once again supporting Scarborough Engineering Week which will be held at the Spa, 13-15 September. The event, now in its 6th year aims to inspire school children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. Simon Morrell, General Manager explains why the event is an important date in the local business calendar.  "There are many organisations in Scarborough and the surrounding area that rely heavily on engineers, and like the rest of the country, we are facing a severe skills shortage in this area. We are keen to encourage the next generation to consider a career in engineering in particular. Our apprentices spend 3 days at the event talking to the children, parents and teachers about what an engineering apprenticeship at Firmac is like."

Scarborough Engineering Week runs from 13-15 October.  The event is open to the public on 13th October 4.30-7pm.

Firmac has been shortlisted for the medium/large business award 2015 from the Chamber of Bridlington and Yorkshire Coast. Firmac along with Detectamet Ltd and Shepcote Distributors Ltd were selected from 15 entries from across the region to compete for this prestigious award.

The leading ductwork manufacturer is delighted to have been shortlisted as Lewis Firth, director explains “although we have been in business for over 30 years this is the first time we have entered the award so we are extremely pleased to have been shortlisted. We are looking forward to hosting the judging panel and showing them the latest technology we have developed in automatic duct forming.”

Following a site visit a panel of judges will select the winner, which will then be announced at the awards dinner on 16th October.

Good luck Firmac! 

Firmac apprentice Peter White has won the inaugural Stars Apprentice Award in Engineering. Twenty-year-old Peter who is currently a student at Yorkshire Coast College, is a Technician Apprentice at Firmac, the world leading duct forming machine manufacturer based at Eastfield, Scarborough.

Andrew Firth, Design Manager at Firmac praised Peter’s work and contribution to the business. “Anyone who works with Peter has the highest level of praise for him. He is always focused on the task in hand and the work he produces is of a very high quality. I personally feel that Firmac as a company are very lucky to have an apprentice like Peter and with the correct training and guidance his future within HVAC engineering looks very promising.”

Peter has spent time working in all Firmac’s departments, particularly in the design office. He has progressed in multi-disciplines and now works with the cad system SolidWorks, creating the total design package from 3D model through to assembly drawings.

Christopher Messruther, who entered in the Employers Apprentice category, received high praise from his supervisor, Alex Birtwistle. “Chris entered the business with little work experience but in a very short period of time was working with minimal supervision and finishing tasks to a very high level of quality and in an efficient manner. He is also capable of diagnosing problems within wiring systems, which is remarkably good for someone so early in their apprenticeship.”

Firmac apprentices are accustomed to winning awards. In 2014 Peter won the Construction & Engineering Finals of Matchfit Built Environment & Engineering competition for Auto CAD 2D Advanced and most recently fellow apprentice Tom Dutton was awarded with the Engineering Apprentice of the Year and the Darren Scaife Memorial Cup of Work Based Engineering from Yorkshire Coast College.

Simon Morrell, General Manager at Firmac complemented all their apprentices. “We have apprentices who travel from as far a field as Cleveland and East Yorkshire to come here to work. They all possess a “can-do” attitude and are progressing well at work and at college. We recruit, on average, three new apprentices each year and believe in nurturing talent. Currently around 27% of our current workforce has been apprenticed trained at Firmac.”

The event which is sponsored by Yorkshire Coast Homes, Scarborough Borough Council, Dalby Offshore, Y H Training Services and the National Apprenticeship Service was held on Friday 17th July 2015.



Scarborough Stars Apprenticeship Awards

3 Firmac apprentices have been selected into the finals of the annual STARS Apprenticeship Awards.

Christopher Messruther, Thomas Dutton and Peter White are all contenders for the Employers Apprentice, Engineering.

The event which is sponsored by Yorkshire Coast Homes, Scarborough Borough Council, Dalby Offshore, Y H Training Services and the National Apprenticeship Service will be held on Friday 17th July. 

The nominations come on the back of Tom Dutton’s recent success in winning two prestigious awards from Yorkshire Coast College. Tom was awarded with the Engineering Apprentice of the Year and the Darren Scaife Memorial Cup of Work Based Engineering 2015.