Phase complete in £3m-plus project

The new training academy at Rolec Services in use.
The new training academy at Rolec Services in use.

An award-winning Frampton business has completed the latest phase of a £3.2 million project to transform a former derelict site in the village into a major manufacturing hub.

Rolec Services, in Ralphs Lane, has spent £1.2 million on doubling the size of its factory, warehouse and office facilities - incorporating a training academy to enable people from around the UK to train and familiarise themselves with its product range.

It follows its £2 million renovation of the former Food Connect site in 2011.

This included expanding the site in 2012 to encompass a neighbouring plot of land.

The business is recognised as one of the world’s leading specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of electrical connection, hook-up and charging utility pedestals.

This latest expansion has enabled it to: increase manufacturing space by 60 per cent, increase storage space by 100 per cent, increase welfare facilities by 100 per cent, increase office space and facilities, incorporate a purpose-built research and development facility, train people from the UK and further afield in its product/sales training academy, host a permanent showroom for the full range of Rolec products and provide new offices, along with archive and marketing material storage facilities.

Managing director Kieron Alsop said: “We moved to the Boston area from Wisbech four years ago because we needed a bigger site as a result of the massive global demand for our manufactured goods. This widespread acknowledgement of Rolec as a world leader in various industries also resulted in the requirement of a new academy, which formed part of our five-year business plan, to be used by other businesses around the world to train their staff in Rolec’s products.”

Rolec’s products are supplied and sold in more than 40 countries. It currently employs in excess of 80 staff and was voted both Manufacturer of the Year and Business of the Year at the latest Boston Business Awards.