Siddall & Hilton Products Ltd is the UK’s leading manufacturer of welded wire mesh, with its Brighouse roots going back as far as 1895.
Siddall & Hilton tell the Made in Group: “We reluctantly decided to close the business following the lock-down announcement to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees and furloughed the majority of staff. We agreed to continue paying everyone 100% of their normal pay to prevent unnecessary hardship and to try to help keep the local economy going.”
Siddall & Hilton returned to business in a cautious and limited way after a month and have spent weeks investing in their office space to adapt it to permit appropriate social distancing measures. This has generated work for local builders, decorators, carpet fitters and glass partition manufacturers.
During this time, Siddall & Hilton have also managed their cash resources very carefully to ensure that their business suppliers were all paid on time and in full, to support their valued suppliers through the crisis.
Working closely with primary lenders Siddall & Hilton have successfully refinanced the business and are now in a position to consider the resumption of their ambitious investment plans for new machinery and site development. They believe that the best way to counter the economic downturn is through investing in their business to be prepared for the upturn when it eventually begins. This will provide further work for the UK and locally based contractors. Siddall & Hilton believes they’ve done their bit to save lives, protect the NHS and help to keep the local economy ticking over by ‘Keeping calm and carrying on.’