Sherwood Group continue to invest in our Manchester site. We have just commissioned the second JIH saw which will see our daily sawing capacity increase to beyond 20k cuts, the majority close tolerance. With an increasing amount of material being supplied cut intensively machined and finished, this is another huge step forward in our plans for continuing to grow the business. Onwards and upwards in 2024.

Our fabulous Ellie took time away from her machine operating duties this week to raise the bar “ding dong merrily on high” in the annual Sherwood Group Christmas tree dressing competition. Ellie chose a more traditional colour theme this year with a reversal to golds reds and greens leaving our other group companies in her wake. Ellie we salute you!

Our delivery driver come roving ambassador Mark Ridgway ready for action with his newly liveried wagon. Mark has proved to be very popular with many customers since he joined us, and even with some of his colleagues …Mark Ridgway more deliveries than Santa Claus!

Not content with leading the Sherwood Group for over 30 years through the peaks and troughs of business, young at heart co-owner Paul Thurston showed his penchant for the uphill struggle in Cumbria last week.  Accompanied by a couple of friends Paul rolled back the years to scale England’s highest peak, the gruelling Scaffel Pike in the Lake District, a very challenging 3280 feet.

It was said Paul (far right in the photo) marched them up to the top of the hill and them marched them down again…well done Paul, we the sedentary, salute you

Fantastic performance by our CEO Michael Holden to win the gold medal in the light weight category at The British Ju Jitsu National masters last weekend.

You can’t beat being lead by a gold medallist! Just back 6 months ago from a major hip operation..Michael we salute you!

Fantastic work by our Operations Manager at Wolverhampton, Geoff Woodfield. It’s great having all the latest CNC’s and tech across our sites but sometimes the black art of experience and old school engineering hits like a breath of fresh air. Geoff knocked this set up together to correct an extrusion that was supplied out of angular tolerance, thus allowing the delivery deadline to be achieved and saving the supplier an expensive rejection. Geoff uses his knowledge to explore solutions in all sorts of ares, there is another rolling one which I believe will provide great commercial opportunities for us, I will be showcasing that later…

Great to welcome one of our key suppliers to Manchester today. With Dinis being a big football fan, recreating in part the famous Carlos Tevez Welcome to Manchester poster seemed right and fitting…but with a United lean!

Great to see people develop careers within the Sherwood Group.  Ellie Griffin joined us at entry level and in a short time has progressed into a very competent machine operator, who knows she could even follow other home-grown talent such as Sarah Lyon into the programming side.  Ellie has a smile and personality that enters the room ahead of her and is a great asset to the company.  Her progress reflects credit on the Group for affording people opportunities, but equally enormous credit on herself for her work ethic and dedication to being the very best she can be.  Ellie, we salute you.

Great to have Sherwood Group CEO Michael Horan on site at Manchester today giving a town hall talk to all the staff. The abundance of great news in the group was exciting to hear and well received by everyone. From our net zero aspirations to significant cross group capital investments, the direction is clear, onwards and upwards.

Most people arrive either through an agency a job ad or an application, but young CNC programmer Jack Gibson’s mum saw the ad and contacted us on his behalf and now over two years on has proved himself an invaluable member of the team.  A great example of home-grown talent and a fantastic credit to him mum and sisters all of who I am sure helped make him the man he is today

Jack had previously completed an electrical course and saw his career going in that direction but like the rest of us was seduced by the allure of aluminium, well known as the crack cocaine of commodities.  Sensible enough to still live at home, and the only brother to three older sisters Jack and the qualities he has makes him very much the face of Inal going forward, indeed, part of a triumvirate of home-grown young programmers, all of whom will be showcased in the months ahead.

All about Jack Gibson

Question. What is the best thing about working at Inal?

Answer: Recognition

Question. Worst thing about the job?

Answer: Not being able to find things

Question. Favourite football team?

Answer: Man City

Question. Describe yourself in 3 words

Answer: Precise, generous, humble

Question. Best thing about being Jack Gibson

Answer: Chilled laid-back nature

Question. Something few people know about you

Answer: His mum was pregnant with him and shopping at the time of one of the Manchester bombings

Quick fire

Married single divorce or looking. Single and looking

Best Holiday Poland

Dream holiday California

Favourite food.  His mums cooking in her pre pescetarian era…Mum, please note!

Favourite TV Breaking Bad

Favourite App Instagram

Hot or cold.  Hot

Spicy or sweet. Sweet

Blond or brunette.  Brunette

Favourite drink, the occasional cider

Winter or summer.  Summer

Star Wars or DC. May the force be with you

Role model.  Mum (is the right answer!

Thing you are most proud of.  How I got to be how I am

Most important goal in your life.  Contentment

If you were Prime minister, what would you change?  I would do more for the homeless

What quality do you admire in people. Honesty

What quality do you dislike in people. Selfishness

Jack Gibson the face of Inal 2020 Ltd