Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander took a break from his duties at the recent Liberal Democrat conference to experience life at one of the city’s most successful manufacturers.
The minister’s Gripple visit was suggested by the leader of Sheffield City Council, Coun Paul Scriven, who said: “Gripple is a great example of a Sheffield company trading across the world, using research and innovation in a manufacturing base, which is the future of Sheffield and the country.”
Hugh Facey, Gripple’s executive chairman, accompanied Mr Alexander on a tour of the company headquarters, The Old West Gun Works, during which he spoke to staff, whose commitment impressed the minister. A discussion followed with Mr Facey and several Gripple team leaders from the production, engineering and administration departments, all of whom are shareholders in the business which is a major contributor to its success.
During his conversation with the minister, Mr Facey stressed Gripple’s firm belief in employee ownership and ideas and innovation as the underpinning values that have been key to Gripple’s ongoing success and growth.