Robotics firm carves out its expansion with £100,000 North West Fund for Loans Plus
A Sefton-based company which machined architectural components
for London 2012 is expanding with the backing of a £100,000 loan
from The North West Fund for Loans Plus managed by FW Capital.
CNC Robotics has used the loan to equip its new 10,000 square
feet facility in Aintree. Having increased its capacity, the
company can now provide customers with a wider range of services,
including turn-key machining, 3D scanning and machining to create
rapid prototypes as well as engineering support and repairs.
The company’s bespoke robotic systems machine a diverse range of
components, prototypes and sculptures for international clients in
the aerospace, automotive, film, timber and other sectors.
Former set designer and Managing Director, Jason Barker set up
CNC Robotics three years ago when he spotted an opportunity to
machine sculptures more cost effectively for clients. He then
developed his own software to control the machining process based
on the leading Delcam solution.
With its revolutionary robotic systems providing manufacturers
with a cheaper, more flexible alternative to the systems they
currently use, CNC Robotics now plans to expand into the
“The loan from The North West Fund for Loans Plus has enabled us
to invest in the new robots, technology and other equipment we need
to expand. We’ve built up an international client base and
can now provide them with an even more comprehensive
“We can offer smaller businesses robotic machining at an
affordable price and can also cater for larger businesses wishing
to use robot machining to complement their existing technology,”
The company has a number of key global partnerships and works
collaboratively with software developer, Delcam as well as major
robot manufacturers Kuka, Staubli and Kawasaki.
Commenting on the loan FW Capital’s Investment Executive, Carol
Bolland said: “Jason has turned a lucrative market opportunity for
bespoke sculptures into an exciting business. CNC Robotics uses the
software he developed to control industrial robots in a host of
novel ways and this is enabling the company to win new
“CNC Robotics’ services are in demand and this loan from The
North West Fund for Loans Plus is backing the company at a critical
time, enabling it to take advantage of a number of new market
CNC Robotics was one of three finalists at the Merseyside
Innovation Awards in July this year.
The £100,000 loan was provided through the £45m North West Fund
for Loans Plus which can lend from £50,000 to £750,000 to North
West businesses and is part of the wider North West Fund, financed
jointly by the European Regional Development Fund and the European