Knowsley based manufacturer, Ley Rubber have been wowing the business world again, after being shortlisted for two awards simultaneously.

The highly respected rubber component specialist, supply thousands of critical rubber parts to key industries such as transportation, medical and defence sectors and have been a mainstay of the Merseyside business scene since 1956.

The company which started as humble moulding press shop, on Liverpool dockside has since grown into a leading UK supplier of rubber components, with products now sold worldwide.

Some of Ley Rubber’s more diverse projects include manufacturing essential parts for ventilator manufacturing for NHS Nightingale Hospitals during Covid pandemic, to even supplying parts to Queen Elizabeth’s II carriage.

The company has been shortlisted as Trade Manufacturing business of the year in the Merseyside independent Business Awards (MIB) 2023 and for small business of the year at the 2023 Knowsley Business Awards

Managing Director Dean Wealleans commented:

“We are truly delighted to be shortlisted for two awards, which is in reality a recognition for the hard work and dedication of our staff, whose commitment has been intrinsic in the growth of the business. It’s been a really busy few years for us, in which we have implemented a lot of new and innovative work systems and invested heavily in several internal projects”.

Ley Rubber have been particularly lauded for their innovative investment in people programme, which includes the creation of a culture committee, driven by staff members primarily to improve wellbeing in the workplace alongside the appointment of a mental wellbeing officer.

Alongside their commitment to staff, the company have created a new non-executive board, strengthening expertise in finance, sales and operations and have invested heavily in training, lean manufacturing and quality systems.

The British manufacturer has also been busy completing a string of environmental projects, with the installation of solar panels on a new factory roof and new LED lighting throughout the office and factory complex.  The above project was also complemented with the installation of Electric Car Chargers in the car park and voltage optimisers and power factor correction units in the factory.

In one of the most significant recent moves for the business, the team acquired the trading name and stock from a commonly held business, COH Baines and relocated their operations back to Merseyside.    COH-Baines, an iconic brand in the Rubber Industry, was incorporated in Liverpool in 1939, but had since the 1960’s operated out of Kent.   
The move was commended as a key investment back into the Knowsley economy, centralising operations whilst investing in new employment for local people and warehousing in the region.

Dean continued  “We are big believers in supporting the local economy and we hope the recent investment and growth will help further strengthen the business and it’s long standing ties with the community.”

The dual award nomination recognises the growth and investment in staff, technology and innovation the company has adopted in the past two years making it a market leader in its industry.