Eltherington are one of the largest independent aluminium companies in the United Kingdom, with over 45 years’ experience in the stockholding and fabrication of sheet and extrusions. They are also a major producer of coated aluminium cladding.

Additionally Eltherington have over 20 years of experience in manufacturing PVCu double-glazed windows and doors, currently supplying both the caravan and modular building market sectors.

Logistics Institute assistance

The Logistics Institute business assistance programme is aimed at small to medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in a wide range of sectors who are looking to develop their logistics and supply chain processes in the Hull, Grimsby, Bridlington, and Immingham areas. The programme provides help, advice and support on a range of subjects, including; RFID and asset management, Logistics and supply chain consultancy projects, managing operations and E-procurement.

Eltherington Aluminium joined the programme following the appointment of Darren Glew, their new Operations Director. It was identified that Eltherington required assistance in three key areas:

  • Supply chain processes
  • Procurement strategies
  • Workforce skills development

Through the Logistics Institute, Darren and a colleague participated in the ‘Optimising Business Performance’ executive learning course, and gained a range of critical business skills including Business Financial Planning, Managing Logistics, Operations and the Supply Chain and Managing People and Resources. In addition, Darren received consultancy to identify strategies for aluminium sourcing along with further consultancy focused upon working with MRP systems as well as purchasing and procurement processes.


Eltherington Aluminium are clearly in a much stronger position as a result of working with the Logistics Institute. Darren and his colleague benefited through spending time away from the business and subsequently being able to look at the bigger picture. Darren also feels that the training and consultancy received in purchasing and procurement has been valuable for employees as little training had previously been provided in this area. Eltherington are now sourcing material from India as a result of the consultancy received through the institute.

Darren goes on to say; ‘The Logistics Institute have provided excellent professional support for our business since we were first introduced some four months ago. Through their Business Assistance programme we have worked with specialists in purchasing and logistics, improving our supply chain management, allowing us to take better advantage of the global aluminium market.’

The future

Darren is confident that the work undertaken with the Logistics Institute will have a positive impact in the future and feels that the skills and support provided will now allow both himself and colleagues to implement changes which will influence the business in the long-term:

“The Institute have taken time to understand our business and been able to offer training and development opportunities for some of our staff that will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the business.”