York Handmade Brick appoints new MD

Guy and David Armitage, York Handmade Brick Company.

Guy Armitage has been appointed the managing director of York Handmade Brick Company, based at Alne, near Easingwold.

Mr Armitage takes over as managing director from his father David, who remains chairman of York Handmade.

Educated at Edinburgh University, where he obtained a 2:1 in agricultural economics, Mr Armitage has been IT manager and, more recently, operations director of the company for nine years, previously working as a business analyst for HBOS in Leeds.

David Armitage, the chairman of York Handmade, said: “I have been managing director of the company since 1988, when York Handmade was founded, and feel it is now time for a change. I will remain as chairman, with special responsibility for finance, sales and marketing, but Guy will be running the factory on a day-to-day basis.

“Guy’s appointment comes in the wake of one of our most successful years. In 2015 we had a turnover of £2.5 million, an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year, and we now employ 30 staff. We also won a major award for our work at Dumfries House in Scotland in the Brick Development Association’s awards, the Oscars of the brick industry,” he added.

Guy Armitage added: “I have loved every minute of my time at York Handmade, even though the period between 2008 and 2012 saw a massive slump in the construction industry and put huge pressure on the smaller independent brick-making firms across the UK. Indeed many didn’t survive.

“We pulled through and I am delighted to say the company is prospering again. It is my job to ensure that this progress is maintained and enhanced. I feel honoured to do this, because York Handmade reintroduced the art of brick-making to the Vale of York and we now run the most modern small brick-making factory in Britain. It is a privilege to work here.”