Midhurst engineering firm moves but jobs won’t be lost

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A specialist engineering company is leaving Midhurst after 20 years – but with the promise of apprenticeships and more jobs at its new base a few miles away.

Growing demand for its products has led to Frazer-Nash (Midhurst) Ltd seeking larger premises. Currently it is located at Bepton Road, with two other buildings elsewhere in the town.

This week the company announced it is relocating to Vision Park on the Petersfield Industrial Estate, where all its operations can be located under one roof.

The move is planned to take place in August.

Managing director Paul Mortlock told the Observer: “We are a design and manufacture engineering specialist supplying the food industry with bespoke equipment. The growth of the business is such there is a need to move to larger premises that enables the entire company to be located on a single site.

“Exporting approximately 90 per cent of our products primarily to Northern America but also Australia, China, and Africa, shows there is a demand for UK skills and products. The business has developed a reputation for delivering world-class designs of the highest quality and the move underlines the demand for the company’s expertise.”

Currently Frazer-Nash employs 27 people, some who live in Midhurst, some from the Petersfield area, and others who travel in from south of the Downs. It also has some additional contractors.

Mr Mortlock said as part of the move the company would be looking to increase its workforce and would shortly be recruiting apprentices, skilled technicians and mechanical designers.

The original company was founded in 1922 by Archibald Frazer-Nash who had, with Henry Godfrey, founded and run the GN Cyclecar Company.

It mainly manufactured cars, and was established in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, moving to Isleworth, London, in 1929.

During the second world war, the Frazer-Nash Company was involved in armaments production. It built powered turrets for use on bombers such as the Lancaster.

From the 1960s, the company expanded into various fields of activity including postal mechanisms and aerospace.