BUSINESSES have gone behind the scenes of a major employer as part of a scheme.

Stannah opened up its doors to representatives from across industry and government to tour its three sites in Andover and learn more about operations.

The event was arranged by Manufactured in Andover, an initiative supported by Test Valley Borough Council and EM3 Growth Hub that aims to bring companies together to share best practice and boost performance.

Councillor David Drew, economic development and tourism portfolio holder, said: “When it comes to manufacturing, Andover and the Test Valley area boasts a rich and diverse mix of organisations. Through the Manufactured in Andover group, we are aiming to bring this community together, in a way that will help further enhance their achievements.”

Along with the Department for Trade and Industry, companies attending the event included EEF, MRT Castings, and Vitacress, Shenton Group, Haworth Castings, and BP Rolls and Custom Interconnect.

Colin Jones, fulfilment manager at Stannah, said: “It was our pleasure to give visitors a unique insight into Stannah and our process engineering.

“With a 150-year heritage behind us, we know how important innovation and continuous improvement is, and we hope that by sharing our experiences we may be able to help other ambitious organisations.”