AFTER NEARLY 70 YEARS IN THE SCRAP METAL BUSINESS THE FRANK BARNES GROUP HAS EXPANDED INTO MANY DIFFERENT FIELDS. BOB BEECH TALKS TO TRANSPORT MANAGER SIMON WALSH.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
Many long-established companies have evolved and adapted over the years, often the original activity has changed leading to expansion in other directions, this for various reasons, might prove to be more successful, which in time leads to the company abandoning its roots and concentrating on its more recent activities. Other enterprises take a different view and use the core business as a springboard to expand in new directions which help grow the business, but remain just as committed to their original activity because it continues to act as the driver for all of the company’s operations.
The Frank Barnes Group, based in Darwen Lancashire, is most definitely in the latter category. Although it’s expanded into many different areas over the years, it still sees the scrap metal operation as the key to all of its diverse activities.