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25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION SUMMER 2019 View in browser Go to Top Tubes website
IN TOUCH WITH TUBE
  Welcome to this 25th Anniversary edition of In Touch with Tube, bringing you information about new developments at Top Tubes and in steel tube technology   In this edition:
•  Celebrating Top Tubes’ 25 years of continuing success  »
•  Our apprentices, our future »
 
  Taking tube further for 25 years  

Top Tubes’
25th anniversary
is a tribute to the
confidence of
founder Adam
Bradley and
brother Matt

Brothers Matt (left) and Adam Bradley enjoying the warm glow of success.

 
 

Back in 1994, when the home-grown demand for steel tube was far greater than today, a young Adam Bradley, trading above his mother’s hairdressing shop, sold his red VW Corrado to finance the purchase of a large consignment of tube - within a fortnight he had sold the tube for twice what he paid for it.

That was the start of a continuing story of success.

In 1996 Adam’s brother Matt joined the business, primarily to deal with accounts and administration. Later that year the company moved into its first warehouse in Deepdale Lane. By 1998 it had relocated to four units in Steetley Industrial Estate, Coseley.

 
Top Tubes montage
Top Tubes Timeline

First tube mill

“There was energy and excitement around and we were having the time of our lives”, says Adam. The real excitement came in 2006 when they bought their first tube mill. Matt Bradley: “This was a pivotal year for us, a defining moment and when the market place took notice of us”.

Later that year the purchase of their first laser tube cutting machine gave them the facility to bring added value to their product.

Business of the Year

Top Tubes were enthusiastic winners of the ‘Express & Star’ Business of the Year SME category in May 2014.

In the five years from 2001 they tripled their annual turnover and increased their workforce to 80. Since that time hardly a year has gone by which hasn’t seen the purchase of new equipment and further investment, including their move to Smith Road in 2007.

Learning curve

The brothers agree that their steepest learning curve over the 25 years has been understanding what it is to employ people. “People are massively important in a company like ours” says Adam. They feel they’ve been fortunate in that many of their workforce have been with them for 10 years or more, with a significant number passing the 20 year mark.

Events throughout the summer are set to celebrate the anniversary for the workforce and their families, including a theme park day and a day’s horse racing, a golf day and a fishing tournament. The finale will be an end of year party.

“Taking Tube Further” has been our strapline since 2010 and our ethos since 1994. We are a truly innovative company. We have always and will continue to follow our dream and make tube of the highest quality and deliver a service that matches our tube” says Adam with pride and conviction.

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Bringing on tomorrow’s talent has benefits all round

Callum Tracey, Adam Strong and Sylvain Blewoussi

Looking to the future: Callum Tracey (left), Adam Strong (centre) and Sylvain Blewoussi.

In common with most responsible employers Top Tubes is committed to seeking new talent and bringing on new apprentices, in the course of which we have to ensure that an individual’s role has the potential to grow into a successful career for the right candidate. Not that our approach is entirely altruistic – nurturing our own talent in this way, immersed in the company vision and values, helps ensure Top Tubes has new blood ready for the future.

Currently we have three apprentices, although one has recently graduated from his course.

Callum Tracey

Nineteen year old Callum Tracey has a family background in the steel industry. Excelling at business studies, it was natural for him to join the ERW sales team at Top Tubes. He’s most complimentary about the training and support he’s receiving, describing the sales team as ‘brilliant’, and appreciates the lack of barriers between departments – ‘everyone here is happy to help’ he says. Outside of Top Tubes Callum enjoys socialising with friends and playing football.

Adam Strong

‘Learner of the Year’ Adam Strong.

Adam Strong

Adam Strong, aged 20, started work on the shop floor operating a cutting saw, but his abilities were soon recognised and he graduated to the Production and Planning department, sourcing and locating material, progressing orders and scheduling production and delivery – at the same time starting a college course, during which he was put forward for the IN-COMM ‘Learner of the Year – Management and Leadership’ award which, in spite of stiff competition, he won.

Adam is a keen amateur footballer and a Wolves supporter.

Sylvain Blewoussi

Sylvain Blewoussi is 17 years old and joined the company straight from school. Right now he splits his time between college and working at Top Tubes in the Quality Department; on graduation he’ll achieve an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering qualification. As well as the opportunities available at Top Tubes Sylvain is impressed with the wide variety of work from department to department, enabling him to exercise a certain hands on approach that attracted him to engineering in the first place. In his spare time he’s an avid reader and cyclist.

   
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