£3m contract for Wearside firm

A Wearside electronic firm has secured a £3m a year deal with a renowned hi-fi manufacturer.

Connor Solutions believed a focus on quality rather than quantity has helped it expand in a fiercely competitive market and attract customers of the calibre of Arcam.

The firm, based in Houghton-le-Spring, will provide electronics assembly services for Arcam, which designs and manufactures high-end hi-fi and home cinema equipment from its base just outside Cambridge.

Connor, which was set up ten years ago and employs about 160 people, specialises in providing low to medium volume electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to companies in the UK and Ireland.

Connor’s finance director Phil Hall said: “Our aim is not to be the biggest EMS operator in the market, but to be recognised as providing the best equipment and best customer service, characteristics which are key in boosting our profitability.

“With the recovery now on the way, we can see a number of opportunities opening up, such as the new Arcam contract, and we are in great shape to take advantage of them.”

In 2003, the company received investment capital from NEL Fund Managers, which provides private and public finance to small and medium North East businesses.

Further investments followed in 2004 and then in January this year, as a large part of a wider investment package, and it has maintained a presence on Connor’s board of non-executive directors.

Subscribe to news feed

bdaily tv

Sign up for the bdaily bulletin

Join 5601 other business people in the region and sign up to the free bdaily bulletin.

Upcoming events


More from the Business sector

October 2009

  1. 2008
  2. Jan
  3. Feb
  4. Mar
  5. Apr
  6. May
  7. Jun
  8. Jul
  9. Aug
  10. Sep
  11. Oct
  12. Nov
  13. Dec
  1. 28.Oct.09

    EU ‘to back Northern Rock split’

    The European Union is set to approve plans for nationalised bank Northern Rock to be split in two, paving the way for a partial sale.One business, to be known as…

  2. 27.Oct.09

    Avon’s top seller named after selling £7m worth of goods

    A Sunderland women who could not afford her rent five years ago has been crowned Britain’s top Avon lady having amassed a £7m turnover for the cosmetics giant.Debbie Davis, 29,…

  3. 26.Oct.09

    Businesses urged not to miss out on Olympics

    Former athlete Steve Cram called on businesses in the region not to miss out on the ‘huge opportunity’ the 2012 Olympic Games in London presents.The North East born Olympian and…

  4. 26.Oct.09

    Press Ahead scoops business award

    North East PR and marketing agency, Press Ahead, has proven it’s ‘the business’, after winning a prestigious regional award.The Sunderland-based PR agency scooped the Small Business of the Year Award…

  5. 26.Oct.09

    52 minutes per day ‘wasted’ in meetings

    The average office worker wastes 52 minutes a day in ‘pointless’ meetings where they don’t contribute, aren’t listened to or are just making up the numbers.That’s according to research by…

  6. 23.Oct.09

    Recession ‘not over’

    Hopes for an end to recession were dashed today after new figures showed the economy shrank for a record sixth quarter in a row between July and September.The surprise 0.4%…

  7. 23.Oct.09

    Figures to show UK recovery

    Official estimates released later today are expected to show that the UK economy emerged from recession between July and September.Forecasters expect modest 0.2% growth for the third quarter of 2009…

  8. 23.Oct.09

    Apprentices benefit North East firms

    82% of people in the North East are more likely to use a business if it offers Apprenticeships to young people, according to new research.The research, which was carried out…

  9. 23.Oct.09

    Carbon Trust launches scrappage scheme

    Businesses are being called upon to scrap outdated equipment and save millions on their energy bill.In a bid to reduce the C02 emissions produced by businesses every year, the Carbon…

  10. 23.Oct.09

    Finalists get ready for contact centre ‘Oscars’

    For contact centres around the region, eagerly anticipating the shortlist for the prestigious North East Contact Centre Awards, the wait is finally over with the finalists announced.Next month the red…

  11. 22.Oct.09

    Two-day postal strike begins

    The first nationwide postal strike in two years has begun after talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) broke down.Mail centre staff and drivers began a 24-hour…

  12. 22.Oct.09

    £3m contract for Wearside firm

    A Wearside electronic firm has secured a £3m a year deal with a renowned hi-fi manufacturer.Connor Solutions believed a focus on quality rather than quantity has helped it expand in…

  13. 22.Oct.09

    Different impresses Scottish judges

    A North East agency is celebrating after receiving another award, this time from north of the border.Different was the only agency outside of Scotland to win a Scottish Advertising Award…

  14. 22.Oct.09

    Phone mergers could affect farmers’ income

    A North East solicitors is advising farmers who have rented out sites for mobile telephone masts to check their legal agreements.Latimer Hinks Solicitors says landowners run the risk of losing…

  15. 21.Oct.09

    Newcastle ‘must pay’ Keegan

    Newcastle United have been ordered to pay all of former manager Kevin Keegan’s costs in his successful claim against the club for constructive dismissal - a sum which could reach…

Comments 0

Have your say