2020 Vision: Manufacturing in Derby

Although we have been trading for more than 20 years, the past decade has seen many amazing successes for us here at Frame Fast.  

With our most honoured moment being named Manufacturer of the Year for two remarkable years running at the East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire Business Awards.  

During the last ten years, we have built a dedicated team of manufacturing experts, invested in specialist technology, expanded our dedicated glass manufacturing and roof manufacturing facilities and have developed our expert trade support – Frame Fast 4 Fitters.  

All amazing achievements which we can’t thank our incredible team for enough!  

Now we’ve entered the ‘Twenties’ and have reminisced over the past decade, we thought we would look towards the future of manufacturing in Derby and our visions for 2020, the next decade and beyond.  

Investment in the city  

It’s safe to say that Derby is well and truly flourishing as a city when it comes to investment, regeneration and growth. 

According to Marketing Derbythere has been an outstanding £4 billion worth of investment throughout the last 10 years, and there is set to be £2.3 billion of known projects already in the pipeline. 

Marketing Derby also states that Derby is recognised by Centre for Cities as one of the Top Ten UK Locations in which to start a business. Amazing right?  

Thinvestment in Derby gives us the added pride in our city, along with the confidence to continue investing in our own manufacturing capabilities 

This added support of being based in a great city helps us to continue growing in success as a manufacturing business so we can provide our customers with the best quality windows and doors, shorter lead times and faster delivery. 

New homes, new builds  

With the continued investment in Derby, comes an ever-expanding demand for new housing.  

The number of new homes and new build projects being planned, erected and completed across the city is increasing tenfold. Providing both fenestration trade fabricators like ourselves, along with Derbybased fitters and installers plenty of opportunities to work within the new build sector in Derby and surrounding areas.  

One of the most exciting developments in the pipeline is the regeneration of the Nightingale Quarter, set on the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary Site.  

The development, worth £150 million, is said to have planned over 800 new luxury homes for the area, along with gym, cafés and community hubs.  

The Derby City Council also works closely in partnership with housing providers to help with both small and large scale housing developments in a bid to increase the number of new homes.  

From Hackwood Farm in Mickleover, to Kingsway and Mansfield Road at Breadsall Hilltop, the number of new developments in progress continues to rise. It really is a great sector to be a part of going forward! 

We’ve recently been involved with an exclusive housing development launched by Meadowview Homes in Wessington, Derbyshire. 

We fabricated flush casement windows, bespoke composite doors and slimline bifold doors were fabricated from our specially designed production facility on Ascot Drive. 

See our blog on how we have the products and facilities available to help installers, fitters and builders tap into the new build market. You can read it by clicking the link here.  

Our prediction 

Over the next year, next decade and beyond, we predict that manufacturing in Derby is only going to increase further.  

The next generation of manufacturing experts is already being formed thanks to UTC Derby Pride Park. The state-of-the-art technical college is training Derby’s future generation in manufacturing – equipping and preparing 14-19 year olds with the technical expertise and industry experience to succeed in a manufacturing career.  

Bombardier continue to ramp up production in train manufacturingrecruiting hundreds of extra staff to cater for new contracts. Toyota are continuing to increase production in the automotive industry. And Frame Fast are continuing to grow window and door manufacturing!