Looking forward to a positive year post Covid-19

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Looking forward to a positive year post Covid-19

Make no mistake about it, we, like every other business across the UK, have been facing some very challenging times since the Coronavirus pandemic forced the country into lockdown in March. It has not been easy – and we are indebted to the commitment of our staff (some furloughed, some not) and the loyalty of our customers, old and new, that we are emerging from this crisis in pretty good health.

Indeed we are looking forward to a positive post-Coronavirus year, as we are currently working on a raft of prestigious commercial and residential developments across the UK.
Before the lockdown, we had enjoyed the most successful 12 months in our 32-year history with a record turnover of over £2.7 million. We were flourishing, with some high-quality commissions in London, Cambridge, the North West, the Midlands and, of course, Yorkshire.

Obviously the lockdown has hit us, but we have kept our factory open – with strict social distancing and safety measures in place. As the country emerges, albeit slowly, from this nightmare, we are well-positioned to tackle the tough challenges posed by Coronavirus and to emerge stronger than ever.

Lancer Square DevelopmentOur order book for this year is very healthy, with a number of exciting commissions on the horizon. We have just completed two huge projects in London, Lancer Square in Kensington and One Molyneux Street in Marylebone, and there are two more high-quality developments in the pipeline in Mayfair and King’s Cross, overlooking the station.
There were fears that Covid-19 might hit the self-build residential property market hard, but that is not our experience. We are currently providing bricks for self-build projects across the UK. These include commissions in York, Doncaster, Sheffield, Liverpool, the Wirral, Durham, Hexham, Shropshire, Rugby and Stoke, totalling almost £1m.
Our success has enabled us to invest in a new dryer, which speeds up the production process and make us more efficient. Looking ahead, it is encouraging to report that brick remains the building material of choice for many architects and specifiers across the UK.



It was way back in 1988 that York Handmade was founded, taking control of a redundant pipeworks in Forest Lane, Alne, with only some excellent clay being of any use for brick-making. Since then the company has grown to 30 employees.One Molyneux Street Development

The key to our success has been our loyal staff, some of whom have been with us from the very start. They have demonstrated this loyalty during the current crisis and we are indebted to them. The factory involves many and varied skills from engineering to ceramic expertise and relies on dedication and expertise at all levels of the production cycle.
We also particularly value the contacts we have built up in the last 32 years with architects, planners, self-builders and developers. We look forward to continuing those relationships in the years to come.

The Coronavirus pandemic, despite its many dire consequences, has allowed us the opportunity to reflect and recharge. We have come a long way since our early days to become the largest independent brickmaker in the north of England. We are very proud of that. The times ahead are not going to be easy, but we believe we have the commitment and the skill to continue to provide a first-class service to all our customers, old and new, across the UK.