The Plastic Works

The Bolsover North East Derbyshire (BNED) LEADER programme has helped a Creswell business expand its product base and workforce through the award of a £40,000 grant.

The Plastic Works Ltd, a Vacuum Forming Company based at the Creswell Business Park, successfully applied for the funding for the purchase of two new pieces of equipment – a 5-axis CNC router and an additional vacuum forming machine. This has resulted in a dramatic upturn in the order books and the taking on of two more locally recruited members of staff.

Ritchie Thomson, owner of the company, said of the grant “Without the money from LEADER, there was no way I could have expanded the business and taken on the two new workers. Although we had the orders, we were turning work away as we were unable to manufacture fast enough – letting the customers down was becoming an issue. We are now back on track and taking on even more work with our increased capacity – and will hopefully be in a position to take on even more staff shortly - all thanks to the support we received from Leader.

Cllr Ken Savidge, Chair of BNED LEADER said “I am really pleased that, because of the funding we were able to award to this local company, it has created two new jobs and these have been filled by local people. Times are tough for small businesses, so to see The Plastic Works with a full order book is fantastic news and bodes very well for the future. I wish them well.” 

Established in 2001, the company lead their clients from the initial design concept by the use of CAD (SolidWorks), on to the prototyping stage and then through to production. The products range from automotive to healthcare, construction moulds to leisure. For full details of the items produced, visit their website

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Vacuum Forming Machine

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5-Axis CNC Machine