Hellbent Blog

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Our blog is a lighthearted commentary on running an SME in the field of engineering.

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  1. With four children living in our house, it is never quiet for long... but the holidays seem to turn it into something between a hotel and a youth hostel.  Keeping track of who is where, how many extras require feeding at meal times (don't start me on which ones eat which vegetables) and how many bodies I will find sleeping on the floor in various rooms each morning is the joy of an age range of 6 up to 19 years old. 

    Secretly I love it, of course, as any parent with four children of their own will concur (after all why would you have such an impractical number of babies if you didn't adore them) but it still makes for rather a challenge juggling work with this 6 weeks of chaos!  With the help of a local 'Ofsted outstanding' Kids Club in North Walsham and the girlfriend of one of the aforementioned teenagers in residence, I have made it into work 4 days a week (albeit for varying hours) throughout the holidays and kept Fridays for the kids. 

    Hence on curtailed hours, our social media has been far from social and our blog posts non existent...  Normal service will resume, if not next week when they return to schools/colleges, then the week after when I can think about trying to catch up with my backlog.  Having just had our busiest month ever at Hellbent Engineering since inception in 2009 (more about that in my next post me thinks) - it's all been a bit FULL ON.  But then that's how Logan and I like it.  Well sometimes!


  2. Some time ago I came across the online directory Britipedia and registered the business as I regularly do when I feel they might be useful.  If you haven’t heard of them, their aim is to bring British manufacturers and producers together, championing all things made in Britain.  Having listed our business on their site I promptly forgot all about it…. until they sent me an email this week entitled: ‘Are you proud to be a British Manufacturer?’  ‘We certainly are,’ I thought and read on.  After some foraging about on the internet I came across @BritishFamily, the Bradshaws, on Twitter, who are responsible not only for the aforementioned directory but also for their wonderful site celebrating British manufacturing and farming  http://www.britishfamily.co.uk .  I promptly took advantage of their ‘Made In Britain’ free downloadable logo and uploaded it onto our website homepage .  Ta da.

    It’s great to see such tremendous support for hard working British industry.  In engineering we are constantly pitted against cheap Chinese imports which certainly have their place but if you are looking for quality, consistency and reliability, you need a good British supplier.  We like to think that’s exactly where we come in.  And yes - we do frequently get asked to modify the inaccurate imported parts as they simply don't fit/aren't to spec. 

    Thank you to the Bradshaw family for standing up and supporting British manufacturing.  It’s good to be British.

    PS I also signed up to their Blog - you can too here