Meet the expert – Andy Clarke

Stairways Meet the expert – Andy Clarke

I’m a bit like Stairways’ own A-Team – if you have a problem and if no one else can help…

If you have met Andy Clarke, you are unlikely to forget him. Andy is the Quality and Continuous Improvement manager at Stairways Midlands, based at our Walsall site. He has been with us since he was 16. There is little he doesn’t know about the business – and little he can’t help with.

Andy, aged 42, is a native of the Cannock area, where he still lives with his wife and two children, aged 12 and 16. He joined Stairways Midlands as an apprentice, something her remains grateful for as it set the foundation or his future career, and completed his NVQ level 3 qualification in carpentry and joinery at Stafford College.

Two years into his time with the company, he worked on the order to supply and fit high-end staircases for Westbury Homes. This developed into working on similar accounts across the country for other developers, fitting stairs across different sites.

He began to work more in the factory after more than 10 years of site fitting, covering technical drawing and quotes, among other things, quickly gaining a reputation as a man who could turn his hand to anything with staircases to help the business.

Then, in 2016, he took on his current full-time role in the factory with a remit that can see him focusing on quality and performance one minute, through to maintaining robust processes and making sure health and safety assessments are complete the next, while troubleshooting for customers throughout.

Andy said: “Basically, I do whatever I need to do to help the company out. A lot of the time, that is troubleshooting. If people have a problem and they are not sure where to turn, they come to me.

“Just looking through my email inbox from yesterday: I moved through improvement boards, engaging with the staff, activity risk assessments and sorting customers’ needs, then onto ensuring factory protection from forklifts getting damaged.

“I love the fact that I am in a job where I can make a difference and am on the go, sorting stuff out, whether that is being on the shop floor or out on site meeting customers.

“If there as one thing that would help the sector, as far as I am concerned, it would be around helping carpenters on site. If carpenters are happy, it helps us – and I have been there on site, so I know how important it is.

“Stairways is all about looking at fitability with our products, like EZE-WAYS and Railsafe, to help the carpenters on site fit in the best possible. Site managers just want to see the work done. It is the carpenters who do that and anything we can do to help them and keep them happy is a good thing.”

Andy has recently retired from coaching a local kids football team but still supports local sport and follows football – though will only divulge that he support” local teams”!

Aside from spending time with his family outside of work, Andy’s other love is his Suzuki GSXR1000 bike, which he is looking forward to getting out on once the weather improves and lockdown restrictions allow.

You can get hold of Andy on 07530 180040 or via andy.clarke@stairways.co.uk

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Stairways, founded in 1989, has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft production capacity. Stairways goal is to raise their profile and brand awareness to become known throughout the industry as the UK’s leading staircase and door solution provider.

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Commitment

As a highly reputable firm within the industry, Stairways are dedicated to meeting their client’s product and application requirements. All materials used are manufactured to the highest quality and meet the relevant standards achieving ISO9001, FSC®, and various product certifications, whilst their staircases and door solutions are manufactured with compliance to UK building regulations & legislative standards in mind. Using the knowledge, passion, and experience acquired across all team members over the past thirty years, Stairways aim to continue to be the best in what they do.

THE FUTURE

Stairways are continuously looking for opportunities to improve and expand their service offering; this includes the investment in new machinery to further enhance and innovate the manufacturing process, with the aim to shorten lead times and increase overall in-house capacity. The changes Stairways employ are always focused upon improving the customer experience, to ensure their process remains as efficient as possible from start to finish.

THE HISTORY

Privately owned and managed since it was founded in 1989, Stairways has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Starting as a small staircase manufacturer, Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft of bespoke and mass production capacity.

RESIDENTIAL

Stairways are passionate about helping national and regional housebuilders, architects and contractors complete large-scale project requirements within the residential sector. Stairways quality timber staircases and door solutions are often specified due to their functionality, flexibility and ease of installation, whilst offering peace of mind compliance.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic student accommodation. Their vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions for a wide range of projects ensures that they consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Leisure

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specifications, and performance requirements.

Education

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Commercial

Stairways provide innovative design and finishing solutions to architects, specifiers and contractors. Our FSC® accredited range of door solution and staircase products are ideally suited for heavy-duty applications within the commercial sector.

Hotels

Stairways are one of the leading manufacturers of doors, door sets, and door solutions. Their door solutions for hotels and leisure facilities meet and exceed all the relevant safety and performance requirements, whilst achieving the relevant aesthetics in keeping with the building design.

Medical

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic medical facilities. Their vast experience with producing high volume, high-quality door solutions that consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification, and performance requirements.