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Sealey Tools set for expansion after land deals at Suffolk Business Park




A major employer is set to expand after a record year.

Bury St Edmunds-based Sealey saw its trade grow by 30 per cent between April 2020 and April 2021.

The rise in trade also follows two land deals the company has recently struck.

MD Ben Sealey with Harry Brown, Mirri Soon and Tody Chittock, who are studying at the University of Tools. Picture by Mark Westley
MD Ben Sealey with Harry Brown, Mirri Soon and Tody Chittock, who are studying at the University of Tools. Picture by Mark Westley

In 2018, Sealey bought a 7.5-acre site next to its current building at Kempson Way on Suffolk Business Park.

This was followed by a further one acre land deal, this year.

Planning permission is now being finalised for the first site with plans for the second now in the early design stage.

Sealey, founded in 1979, is known nationally and internationally as a leading brand of professional tools and workshop equipment.

It also now runs a second company called Dellonda, which is an online site for home, office, garden and leisure equipment, set up in 2016.

“Thankfully, during the past year, the online side of our business continued to do well and we saw record growth,” said projects director Mark Sweetman.

“We are hoping for planning permission to go through any day for a new 135,000sqft warehouse which we will use for Dellonda, for items to be stored. The one acre site, next to our building was secured in the last couple of months and that will also allow to grow further at Sealey.

“Sealey has circa 430 employees and we are recruting at the moment and there will be another 30 to 40 recruits over the next two years.”

Sealey has also been pleased by progress made by students at it University of Tools.

The university was founded last year and is aimed at those who would prefer to go straight into work rather than take a place at a college or university.

The project aims to expose its students to all aspects of the business to train them as managers and directors.

“We have always been keen on building up talent within the company and the students work in every aspect of the business from the outset,” added Mr Sweetman.

“We have three students at the moment and are currently looking for three or four more.

“They have youth and energy on their side and will be working amongst some of the most experienced people in the business. We hope they will become the next managers and directors within five to ten years.”

Sealey provides in excess of 10,000 product lines designed for use in the trade and sells online and through local and internal retailers.

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