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Black Country Growth Hub helps SIMCO EFS face a bright future

SIMCO External Framing Solutions (SIMCO EFS) specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of rainscreen and façade cladding solutions.

Manufacturers of in-house designed lightweight steel framework, SIMCO EFS has established itself as a leading supplier to the construction industry, particularly when fast-track building methods are employed.

SIMCO EFS has worked on significant projects for clients including Morgan Sindall, Bowmer Kirkland, Network Rail and Mace. Cladding the internal and external surfaces of almost the entire Grand Central/New Street station complex ranks highly among recent notable contracts. 

Strong foundations

Founded in 2006, SIMCO EFS began life as an external cladding solutions provider, but quickly developed new lines to include the design, manufacture and installation of lightweight galvanised steel frameworks, innovative rainscreen products and architectural metalwork. 

Current Director, Paul Nicol joined the business in 2011 and has helped put innovation and expansion into new markets at the heart of the firm’s growth strategy.

Developing its own range of façade solutions, managing every aspect of the process from design and manufacture of the steelwork to the installation of the complete façade, including architectural panels, timber, stone or metal, has seen SIMCO EFS grow substantially.

From a single site and around 27 employees at the start, the business now occupies multiple sites in the Black Country, employing around 100+ talented individuals, dedicated to the ongoing success of SIMCO EFS.

Rolling in the Deep

SIMCO EFS takes steel coil and cold rolls it to create its renowned lightweight steel frameworks. The modular nature of the manufacture allows frames to be tailored, made when needed, to suit the unique specifications of projects, based on the calculations of the SIMCO EFS in-house design team.

This ability to mix stock and tailored frames ensures the system is ideally suited to projects where speed of construction and the overall weight of the project are crucial to success.

Each design can be tailored to allow for the unique combination of site wind loads, structural frame tolerances, façade loadings and structural frame spans, whilst guaranteeing the same high quality finish, on which SIMCO EFS has built its reputation.

Looking further to grow

Through regular contact, the Black Country Growth Hub recognised the potential for growth and helped secure Paul Nicol a place on the Growth Builder programme for ambitious high-growth UK businesses to enable them to rapidly and sustainably scale up.

This ensured SIMCO EFS looked to expand its services beyond the façade side of its business and seek innovative ways to exploit their expertise and manufacturing abilities.

Having developed solutions to solve the construction challenge of rainscreens and facades, SIMCO EFS has now turned its attention to another great construction challenge; building enough sustainable homes quickly, to address the housing shortage across the region and beyond.

Recognising the lightweight steel framework it designs and manufactures could easily be adapted to create the basis for quick-to assemble modular homes, the support of local agencies, again accessed through the Black Country Growth Hub, was sought to help turn ambition into reality.

Designing houses has proved little obstacle to the team at SIMCO EFS and with the support of the University of Wolverhampton BECCI project, designed to develop innovative climate change solutions within the built environment, the next chapter in the firm’s success story is well under way.

The homes designed and tested by SIMCO EFS are no low-cost pre-fabs of previous decades, these are to be aspirational homes for the connected, always-on modern generation. Thanks to the work with the BECCI project, the prototype homes have proved to be highly efficient, low carbon and above all, healthy homes.

Work is soon to start on the next phase of development, with the hope that as land is made available across the region, SIMCO EFS can help fill the housing gap that many think is holding back economic growth in the Black Country.

When will it stop?

Recently Simco EFS (UK) Ltd has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across the UK.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.

Paul Nicol, Director of Simco EFS (UK) Ltd, commented: “We strive to meet the demands of the industry to constantly strive to grow and achieve great things. We have a strong workforce that continue to grow in stature with the growth of the business.”
Black Country LEP board member and chair of the Black Country Growth Hub Andy Cox, of Cox & Plant, said: “Paul is a typical example of Black Country ambitious business owners running businesses with phenomenal potential. The Black Country Growth Hub navigators guide business decision-makers to shape and smash their goals. Paul’s latest chapter in SIMCO’s meteoric growth is testament to Growth Hub brilliance".  

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