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New precision engineering sets up in Coventry

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13 October 2022
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A new precision engineering company has been set-up in Coventry after receiving a grant to buy a wide range of equipment.

Sebastian Kalek and Bradley Walker, who have vast experience in the sector, have launched SB Precision Engineers in Relton Mews, Eden Street, Edgwick, Coventry.

The business focuses on manufacturing precision machined parts out of different materials including plastics, aluminium and steel to detailed specifications from prototypes to large orders for their customers who are based all over the UK in the automotive, aerospace, medical, oil and gas industries.

They contacted the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub for advice when they were in the early stages of deciding to leave their full-time jobs to set-up their own business.

Laura Delahunty, an account manager at the CWLEP Growth Hub, referred Sebastian and Bradley to Coventry City Council Investment Fund and they were successful in applying for a grant of £10,717 from the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Support Programme which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The grant supported the business to purchase a range of equipment for their machine shop floor in their new commercial premises ranging from work benches and a compressor to component measurements and a pallet truck.

Bradley said: “We spotted a gap in the market for this type of engineering because it isn’t as popular as it once was, particularly with the younger generation, but we felt there were plenty of opportunities available since the technology is developing all the time,” he said.

“Sebastian and I have worked in this sector for a long time and we thought if we combined our skills, we could create a special business.

“The funding means we have been able to buy a number of different machines and we are looking to progress and buy lathe and turning machines later this year so the future is bright.”

Laura Delahunty, account manager at the CWLEP Growth Hub, said: “When entrepreneurs have a great idea for a business they can sometimes try to run before they can walk but Sebastian and Bradley have thought everything through and sought expert advice over a 12-month period before taking the plunge,” she said.

“This meant we were able to provide assistance with gaining a grant which has been instrumental in buying the equipment they needed and orders are now starting to regularly come in."


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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