R&B Switchgear Group Expands Heywood HQ with £500K funding from NatWest

A Greater Manchester headquartered global engineering group is expanding its manufacturing site in Heywood after securing £500,000 worth of funding funding from NatWest.

R&B Switchgear Group has increased the prime commercial space at its headquarters in Heywood, Rochdale, by 11,000sq ft. 

R&B’s Heywood office has served as its global headquarters for 26 years and houses the company’s manufacturing hub where it produces a range of bespoke LV and HV switchboards alongside circuit breaker repairs, retrofits & refurbishments.

The investment comes as the company sets out ambitious growth strategies for 2024 in response to a series of landmark contract wins with household names including Bentley Motors, TESCO, Carnival UK, the NHS and Scottish Water.

The company has created local job opportunities and works with Manchester College and Hopwood Hall to secure funding from the Department for Education for apprentices and T-Level students.

Working with NatWest, the company will benefit from 60% more space to house its growing team and increased manufacturing output, creating a centre of excellence which incorporates modern office and co-working spaces with industry-leading green technologies to support the business of tomorrow.

“R&B is a family run business with passion at its core. A huge part of our success is down to the relationships we build and nurture with our clients and our colleagues.

NatWest has been a huge supporter of our vision for almost 40 years now and the strength of this relationship has enabled us to make bold decisions which have advanced the company and helped us to realise our potential. We are hugely excited about the next chapter as we set the foundations for the future of R&B.”

Mark Beswick, Founder of R&B Switchgear Group

Joshua Norman, Relationship Manager at NatWest Group, said: “Helping our customers expand their business and bring employment to local areas is a key part of our mission. We’re pleased to see R&B Switchboard continue their upwards trajectory and hope the completion of the Heywood site allows them to further their service offering to local businesses and the wider global market.”

R&B Switchgear Group is recognised as a leading provider of electrical switchgear and power engineering solutions for a wide range of sectors including renewable energy, transport, marine, healthcare, education and construction.

The company is set to achieve 15% growth across the group this year and has recently opened new offices in Southampton, Newcastle and Aberdeen, joining its established network in Manchester Glasgow, USA and Singapore.