“People Power” has long been a phrase used by Nifco boss Mike Matthews to describe what he believes has driven the expansion of his Teesside based business.
Now the managing director of the Eaglescliffe car parts manufacturer explains why the firm – which produces parts used in the engines, interiors and exteriors of cars made by the world’s best known car brands – is set to invest further in its people, as it continues the upward trajectory that has transformed it from financial failure less than a decade ago, to one of the region’s brightest success stories.
“It’s been a fantastic run for Nifco, and for the last eight years, we have enjoyed strategic expansion, which is tremendous.
“There is no doubt though that skills and people are our lifeblood and without them, Nifco could not be all it is today,” explains Mr Matthews MBE, who started off his own working life as an apprentice.
The company has added a raft of new roles to its roster over the course of the last decade or so, including apprenticeships, an area of the business that continues to be a focus.
“Cliché as it sounds, young people are the future, and we cannot survive long-term with an ageing team. We have to invest in tomorrow’s team.”
But that commitment does not come at the expense of more experienced people. The firm is currently on the look-out for tooling experts and engineers.
“It’s about achieving a mix of skills,” says Mike.
“A team of apprentices needs guidance from experienced people, while experienced people often benefit from having the innovative approach and fresh-thinking that apprentices can bring to a role.
“We simply say it’s people power that drives our business. People of all kinds, who together make the difference, and who have made Nifco the huge success it is today.”
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