The Impact Sessions Podcast

The Impact Sessions 47 - There’s More to Manufacturing Simple Products Than You May Think

April 13, 2021

We could have called this week's episode of The Impact Sessions Podcast - "How to Run a Successful Manufacturing Business Without Setting Foot In The Premises for Over a Year"!

On this episode, we meet both Neil Matthews, Managing Director and Chris Shanks, Sales Manager of Irvine Springs, a high-performance springs manufacturer based, not surprisingly in Irvine in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Well, that's where the business (and Chris) is based, but Managing Director Neil is based in Redditch, in the West Midlands of England. That's over a 5 hour drive and 300 miles away......

Since the global pandemic hit, and since the UK has had an ever-changing set of restrictions, many of which differed between England & Scotland, it has simply not been possible for Neil to be on-site, so Chris has had to take on the local mantle - or has he?

Chris has also worked predominantly from home throughout the pandemic, and yet Irvine Springs has not only survived, but has come through and started 2021 in particular like a train.

Are there lessons here for others?

On another great Impact Sessions Podcast, we discuss, amongst other things;

  • How Irvine Springs developed a sales and marketing approach and action plan during tight restrictions that allowed them to come out fighting in 2021.
  • What being part of a bigger business group (Irvine Springs is an Indutrade business) has brought to the table in these challenging times?
  • Managing and leading remotely.
  • Creating a culture of trust and "can do".
  • Lessons learnt.
  • What the future holds for a UK Manufacturer and why embracing the likes of "Sustainability Development Goals" is a key to future success.
  • And much more......

This was the first Podcast that either Neil or Chris had recorded and they were great!

Give it a watch or listen for some inspiring content and conversation. Feedback as always is most welcome.

Contact Details

Neil Matthews, Managing Director, Irvine Springs

Tel - +44 (0) 7985 281706

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Chris Shanks, Sales Manager, Irvine Springs

Tel - +44 (0) 1294 279396

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