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Coachbuilt GB expands once again to meet huge demand

Jeff Bull, CEO of Coachbuilt, with Dirk Schafer, a Business Ready adviser at the University of Warwick Science Park

A family-run firm that helps wheelchair users lead more independent lives has expanded once again.

Coachbuilt GB has relocated to bigger premises in Nuneaton in a bid to meet the demand for its work.

The business has moved from the Carlyon Road Industrial Estate in Atherstone to Attleborough Fields Industrial Estate in Nuneaton.

The company designs and manufactures coach-built independence vehicles, which enable individual wheelchair users to take their personal healthcare equipment and access needs ‘on the road’ with them, promoting accessible travel and an inclusive lifestyle.

Coachbuilt has been looking to expand both in terms of premises and staffing levels due to an increased demand for its work. It’s base at the Atherstone became too small as more and more clients wanted to use the skills of the company.

Jeff Bull, CEO of Coachbuilt, said: “Our Atherstone site was a great home for us, but it just became too small as the business progressed. We just outgrew out premises and needed to find somewhere to move.”

The team has been working with the University of Warwick Science Park and its programmes for a number of years.

Dirk Schafer, a Business Ready adviser at the University of Warwick Science Park, was able to point Jeff and the team in the direction of funding that was needed for the relocation to take place.

Thanks to help over the years from Business Ready, Coachbuilt has gained a strong reputation within a niche market for providing a quality service.

Its annual turnover has also grown at an average of 200 per cent per year over the last five years.

Not only that, it has won a rare Queen’s Award for Enterprise following the company’s outstanding achievements in the innovation of coach-built independence vehicles.

Jeff added: “Coachbuilt would not be here if it wasn’t for the support, help and advice that the Science Park and Business Ready have given us over the years.

“It has proven so invaluable to us and making sure that we continue push the business forward.

“Our aim has always been to make sure that accessible travel is available to everyone, whatever their ability.

“Business Ready has definitely helped us to continue to achieve this aim and we cannot thank them enough.”

Dirk Schafer, a Business Ready adviser at the University of Warwick Science Park, added: “Coachbuilt is an incredibly inspiring business for the work that it does by giving people independence.

“But also, the fact that Jeff and the team are always striving to gain more business knowledge and improve their skills, which is where Business Ready and the University of Warwick Science Park come in.

“The fact that firm’s annual turnover has grown at an average of 200 per cent per year over the last five years proves that with hard work and the right advice and support, you can achieve anything in the right market.

“We will continue to work with Coachbuilt to provide as much support and advice that the company wants to carry on thriving and being able to assist those who need it the most.”

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