A.Taylor & Son News


A. Taylor celebrates £250K funding deal to support new Training Academy

A.Taylor & Son have double cause for celebration after securing a £250K figure funding deal from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to support the development and launch of a new on-site Training Academy. The deal comes at the same time as the firm has been recognised in the 2013 Leeds City College Awards with one of their apprentices - Gareth Longbottom - beating off stiff competition to win Apprentice of the Year.

On a night that celebrated the achievements of thousands of students in further education across the city Gareth aged 20 from Middleton claimed first prize in the hotly contested category. The award further demonstrates A.Taylor & Son's commitment to supporting the development and training of its employees which is further highlighted with investment in the new Training Academy. The academy will be situated at the firm's head office on Pepper Road in Leeds.

David Minskip Director says:" This is an exciting time for A.Taylor & Son with plans well underway for the launch of the training academy which is expected to open September. We are very grateful for the support from RBS who have helped us to achieve our goal. Gareth's award is fantastic news also and our last two intakes of apprentices have produced some outstanding talent covering all disciplines of our business, fabrication platers, welders and machinists. We have a strong history of training apprentices and it is very rewarding for both Gareth and the company to be recognised'.

'Gareth has shown a natural aptitude for steel fabrication and this coupled with hard work at college makes him truly deserved of this accolade."

The company which recently embarked on an ambitious project to create a Training Academy for young engineers firmly believes it can compete for the award again in future years after securing the £250K funding package from RBS.

David adds: "Once our training academy opens its doors we will offer a first class engineering apprenticeship comprising core manufacturing skills alongside vocational qualifications - these will be engineers for the future plugging the skills shortage experienced in recent years'.

In recognition of his achievement the Company presented Gareth with a cheque for £1,000.

Lindsay Crooks, Senior Relationship Manager at RBS added: "This is a fantastic example of how RBS are helping local businesses with their future growth. By supporting the development of this exciting new training academy we are investing in the future success of the business but also the local economy by encouraging the training of apprentices in this niche sector. It's a really positive local story that we are delighted to be a part of. We would also like to congratulate Gareth on his award and we are sure his success will be continued by future apprenticeships who can take advantage of the superb new facilities set to open in September."



Tribute to our Chairman

It is with great sadness the company announces the passing away of our Chairman, colleague and friend Bill Benson.

Mr Benson aged 87 passed away on Sunday 7th April at the LGI in Leeds after a short illness.

He joined the company in 1948 as Draughtsman and eventually took control of A.Taylor & Son in 1976 - this year he notched up 65 years service.

The company will close its doors for the first time in 149 years as a mark of respect to its Chairman.

Bill's funeral will be held at Ripon Cathedral on Friday 26th April and will be attended by both current and former employees of the company alongside many customers and suppliers.



A.Taylor secures new premises for its head office.

The company is pleased to announce the purchase an office complex directly opposite its new site at Pontifex House on Pepper Road, Hunslet.

The new offices will become A.Taylor HQ and will provide plenty of scope for further expansion including home to the new Apprentice Training Academy, which the company hopes to roll out in the next 12 months.



Machine installation commences at new site

The removal of machine tools from Modder Avenue has commenced and will be structured to ensure minimum impact to ongoing production. The first machine to be commissioned will be the new Mitsubishi Floor Borer.

The next machine to fire up at Pontifex will be the Kuraki Horizontal Boring and Milling Machine and following this will be the Mazak Machining Centres.



A.Taylor welcomes this years Apprentice intake.

The 2012 apprentice intake surpasses that of previous years as the company looks towards future growth.

In total we welcome 6 new employees across our 4 sites covering the key disciplines, fabrication, welding and machining.

Our new starters and their respective sites are:-
Joe Bartley (Weaver Street fabrication and welding)
Ashley Rawson (Weaver Street- fabrication and welding)
Elliot Heeds (Weaver Street fabrication and welding)
Dwayne Stewart (Modder Avenue machining)
Ryan Gee (Modder Avenue machining)

This increases our total number of apprentices to 11 and the annual intake will continue at this level to ensure our talented team of skilled engineers grow alongside that of the company.

We wish our apprentices a very warm welcome and look forward to seeing their careers blossom in the near future.



Engineering comes home to Hunslet.

The historic suburb of Hunslet has all but lost the long established engineers which gave it a firm place in industrial history. The closure earlier this year of H. Pontifex signalled the end of the last of these big names however one Leeds company is doing their utmost to ensure the tradition continues.

Since the 18th Century the Pepper Road area was home to some of the finest engineers in the world including Mann's Patent Steam Cart and Wagon Company responsible for one of the first, practical, self-powered, load-carrying road vehicles. Mann realised the potential for this machine and went on to develop this into his "Patent Steam Cart" – to which the company title referred.

Other notable engineers at the site have included H. Braithwate copper smiths and brass founders who manufactured all kinds of copper work for brewers, distilllers, confectioners and dyers.

Founded in 1864 were Clayton, Son & Co., a major employer in Hunslet, with three sites at Moor End (off Beza Street), Dartmouth Works (off Garnet Road) and at Pepper Road. Between them their products shipped worldwide and can be still found today most notably the large Gasholders or gasometers as they are more commonly known.

This month the former H.Pontifex site has been purchased by fabrication and machining engineers A.Taylor & Son suppliers of high integrity fabrications to a variety of industries predominantly specialising in the Oil and Gas sector.

The new premises sits adjacent to one of their existing factories and will become home to the company’s expanding machining facility, allowing the installation of new machine tools currently in storage and giving scope for further planned expansion.

Itself founded in 1864 as tinsmiths and sheet metal workers in Kirkstall, Leeds, A.Taylor & Son has grown rapidly over recent years and currently operates from 3 sites employing 150 skilled engineers.

David Minskip Sales Director adds ‘I served my apprenticeship 20 years ago at Clayton, Son & Co. a long established Leeds engineer with sites at both Pepper Road and Moor End, Hunslet so I know the rich history attached to the area and the many thousands of people employed by such companies going back over the last century. For A.Taylor to secure this site only 3 years after moving into the old Archer Engineering factory makes us extremely proud that engineering will continue here for many years to come.



Already a leader in sub contract fabrication and machining Leeds based engineers A.Taylor & Son have further strengthened their position with the commissioning of a state of the art 6 axis Fanuc M16i robotic welder.

Providing a fast and effective automated solution to variety of applications the robot is cutting it’s teeth on military equipment and with great success. Longer term the company plans to utilise the machine on the core subsea products it supplies globally.

Coming hot on the heels of a recent successful audit by the TWI for accreditation to the welding quality standard ISO 3834 Part 2 for which the company has been formally recommended for approval, A.Taylor continues to move at pace with the demands of its’ blue chip customer base.



To coincide with the launch of our new brochure the ataylor.co.uk website has been redesigned and rebranded.

The website has been re-launched with a vibrant new look, new content, significant layout updates and a downloadable brochure.

The new site covers all key disciplines including profiling, fabrication, welding, machining and testing, with current vacancies and an up to the minute news section.

We hope you find our website informative, should you wish to suggest an improvement we would be delighted to hear from you. Please email any constructive comments to sales@ataylor.co.uk.



We are seeking to strengthen our existing team and have vacancies for….

Please visit the vacancy section for further details of current opportunities.



We are proud to announce the launch of our new corporate brochure. It is over 10 years since our last brochure was produced and back in 1999 the company occupied one site in Weaver Street employing 60 employees.

Today A.Taylor operates from 4 sites in Leeds giving a combined capacity of over 80,000 ft2, with a 120 strong work force.

The new brochure is available to download from this site 'here', alternatively please contact sales@ataylor.co.uk for a hard copy.


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