Total Group £4m expansion – new plant and hires


A British manufacturer and construction supplier has expanded its operation and workforce. 

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by Rory ButlerDecember 12, 2022

Total Construction Supplies announced a £4 million investment in a new 220,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, in Cannock, Staffordshire. 

Total Group, founded in 1998 by Craig Gibbons and Matthew Hague, supplies prefabricated steel reinforcement and building accessories from six production sites in the West Midlands, Ilkeston and France. 

The firm has seen turnover double from major new deals with HS2, nuclear and highway infrastructure projects, driving the need for a new facility. 

Total Group currently employs more than 110 staff, but it created 57 new jobs for the Cannock facility, with 60 more expected in the new year. 

The firm has partnered with HMP Oakwood to meet labour requirements, via the release on temporary licence (ROTL) scheme. 

“There’s a lot of talk about the UK heading for recession, but we’re not seeing this, especially with the products we supply being so important for completing infrastructure projects all over the UK,” said Hague. 

Adding: “Three individuals are already working with us on release on temporary licence so they can gain new skills and have immediate employment when they are free to re-join society. 

“This gives those not eligible for ROTL the chance to gain an insight into Total Construction Supplies and what being a welder in the future could look like. Giving people a second chance is important. If they want to succeed, we will give them the tools and the opportunity to do so.” 

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