Norfolk based CNC machining specialist Stokes & Rowe have celebrated their 10th year in business this summer and as part of their long-term investment and growth plans have re-branded to become Accuturn, CNC turning and milling specialists. 

The company is celebrating 10 years in business this year and has been through a business planning process outlining future growth plans. 2018 has seen Directors, Nicola and Robert Stokes invest in new CNC Milling capability, gain ISO9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards, hire their first Mechanical Engineering apprentice and now rebrand the business as part of their strategy for growth.

As part of Accuturn’s growth strategy, the company is expanding their capabilities with the addition of a further Haas Mill to their range of CNC milling and turning machines.

The new Haas Super Mini Mill has a machine capacity of table 914mm, x 305mm, trav 406 x 305 x 254mm.  The Super Mini Mill is enhanced with a faster tool changer, faster spindle and higher rapids for improved production and part finish.

 Nicola continued “Achieving the ISO 9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental standards this year has been recognition of the quality procedures and workmanship that we put into all our contracts and will support the business as we grow.”

Encouraging young minds

Accuturn have taken on their first engineering apprentice as part of their continued growth and commitment to encouraging young people into careers in engineering and manufacturing.

Joshua Mallett, 16, Swannington, Norfolk originally came on work experience from Reepham High School for two weeks, he stayed in touch with the business and following finishing school this summer had now joined as their first engineering apprentice.

Nicola Stokes, Director, said “We were thrilled to be able to support our local High School with their work experience placement scheme and when Josh came with us with such enthusiasm, we didn’t hesitate in offering him an apprenticeship for when he left school.  We were delighted that his placement sparked such a passion for engineering.”

“As a company, we have experienced first-hand through our attempt to recruit skilled engineers that there is a skills gap, so we know the importance of encouraging young people into the sector.  We can see already how having an apprentice has benefitted our business and are making a commitment to take on further apprentices alongside the planned growth of the company.”

“Given the current skills shortage in the engineering sector we recognise the need for investment in skills and training as a key part of our growth and so are working closely with Harlow College and their new Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Centre (HAMEC) on developing their programmes.”

Joshua Mallet, Apprentice, said “I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands.  I loved looking into how things worked and were made and was always taking things apart and rebuilding them.  This was mainly computers and on cars, but when I saw the opportunity for some experience in a proper engineering environment, I jumped at the chance.  The two weeks I spent at Accuturn in 2017 were brilliant, from working with the people there as well as seeing how everything was made and how the machinery worked.  This confirmed that I wanted to have a career in engineering.  I was thrilled when Nicola and Rob offered me the chance for an apprenticeship in what I love doing.  I feel really supported and am excited to grow my skills along with the growth of the company.”