Waste shredder expert swaps machinery talk for Yorkshire chat
UNTHA UK’s managing director Chris Oldfield is often approached by industry media, keen to hear his views about European recycling developments, and the latest waste shredder innovations. But he swapped machinery talk for a good old chat about Yorkshire earlier this month, when he was interviewed for the Yorkshire Times’ business Q&A. If you missed the article, you can read Chris’s answers in full here:
Name: Chris Oldfield
Company: Industrial shredder manufacturer UNTHA UK
Job title: Managing director
Business location: Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
How long have you lived in this fine county? 28 years.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?
The diversity and availability of high quality resources, right at your fingertips. Skilled labour, materials, engineering partners – all are important to us and we have an abundance throughout the county.
How would you describe the Yorkshire business climate at present?
I think things remain tough. Members of our business development team who support clients in the south, are seeing greater indications of business confidence returning there. However, glimmers of positivity are emerging in Yorkshire and the surrounding regions, so it seems that signs of the economic recovery are increasingly spreading north.
And the outlook for the next 12 months?
I think the outlook is very encouraging indeed. Businesses appear to be looking to the future and investing in their growth once again. I think Yorkshire’s density of specialised sectors, such as manufacturing, will stand us in good stead, as I believe such areas of business will prove pivotal to the UK’s wider economic prosperity.
Why does a business like yours thrive here?
We are centrally located, and are surrounded by a fantastic motorway network. We are therefore ideally situated to support a customer base the length and breadth of the country. We personally have clients as far North as the Highlands, in Ireland and on the southernmost tip of the UK too.
The people of Yorkshire are also very resourceful – they are inquisitive and forward thinking, and they want to develop ways to better deal with the waste they produce.
What advice would you give to someone relocating their business to Yorkshire, or setting up a new company in the county?
If you work hard, your business could thrive in Yorkshire. But for as long as you put in the time and effort to help your organisation grow, don’t forget to enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Look out for potential funding support too. Initiatives such as the Business Grant Programme for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding, for example, could really help fuel company growth.
Where in Yorkshire would you go to switch off from work?
My wife and I recently invested in a motor home and love setting off to explore the beautiful countryside on our doorstep. We are spoilt for choice, but regularly enjoy Whitby on the East coast, and of course the Dales and Yorkshire Moors.
And your favourite restaurant?
The Dining Room in Boroughbridge – we’re very lucky to have such a fantastic restaurant so close to home.
Is there a hidden gem in Yorkshire that you feel deserves a special mention?
There are plenty of hidden gems to be found in Yorkshire. It’s tempting to tell the world about them when you uncover them, but sometimes they are best kept as secrets. Plus, you’ll have more fun discovering them for yourself.
Can you sum up Yorkshire in five words?
Clean, beautiful, inspiring, historic, cultured.