A senior politician described a thriving Morecambe firm’s success as a “real example of what we can do in Britain” on a visit this week.
Conservative Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy, came to SHP Ltd on White Lund after asking local MP David Morris to show him one of North Lancashire’s top businesses.
Operating from a huge warehouse, the company carries out high-tech recycling of data-bearing devices such as computers and mobile phones and boasts international clients.
It started out in a garage in 1999 but has boomed after managing director Craig Smith spotted a gap in the market for helping companies meet their legal obligations for recycling certain equipment responsibly.
Mr Letwin met staff and toured the premises, which still has a further 20,000 square feet to expand into.
“It’s a fantastic business,” said Mr Letwin, a former shadow home secretary and member of Margaret Thatcher’s policy unit.
“Like all the best ideas in business, it is very straight forward and simple but it’s very ingenious. It’s about the most complete case of recycling I think I have ever seen of anything.”
Mr Smith hopes the visit could lead to government contracts for the company, possibly with the Ministry of Defence.
The ambitious businessman, who employs 70 people, hopes to take that to 100 workers and increase turnover from £3.7m to £5m in 12 months.
He said: “I’m grateful Mr Letwin has taken an interest in us.
“He was very personable and chatted about the business.”