Scunthorpe man who turned firm into multi-million-pound business after buying it for just £3,000 is set for top award

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Feb 2016

A SCUNTHORPE businessman who turned a firm he bought for £3,000 into a multi-million pound manufacturing concern is in line to be named as one of Europe's top entrepreneurs.

The accolade for chairman Tim Strawson and employees at the Scunthorpe-based Bradbury Group comes as they celebrate 25 years in business.

The success story began in 1991 when Mr Strawson bought a small grille manufacturing business in Bedfordshire for £3,000.

Three years later the business had out-grown its original premises and Mr Strawson decided to relocate to the Queensway Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe.

Today the Bradbury Group employs almost 200 people and annual turnover is set to reach £18 million.

As the UK's largest manufacturer of steel security doors, grilles and cages, the Scunthorpe site supplies customers like the London Metropolitan Police, McDonald's and the Ministry of Defence.

Mr Strawson has also set up a Scunthorpe-based charitable foundation called Youth Engineering aimed at providing training and career opportunities for long-term unemployed young people and plans to open up two more sites this year.

Two years ago he also established the Bradbury Academy in partnership with the town's North Lindsey College to develop the next generation of engineers.

Now the Scunthorpe firm is among businesses from across Europe bidding to be selected as one of 32 national public champions.

Mr Strawson said of his nomination: "Winning a European business award would boost our standing in the European market-place and help us work towards our goals for further expansion.

"It would be an honour for us to be named as a national champion against such strong competition, as the award criteria really echoes Bradbury's core values of innovation, excellence and ethics."

The Bradbury Group is pitted against 53 other UK companies for the national champion vote.

Initially the contest attracted more than 32,000 entries from 33 different European countries.

Voting for the nominees closes on Monday (February 29), visit the website

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