The Graphskill News Archive



July 2020

The second new build begins which will house a storage area and new staff canteen

July 2019

The new build was completed succesfully and looks tremendous. A reception / office area & small kitchen downstairs. Upstairs is a conference room and the Directors Office

Graphskill New Build

September 2018

Work begins on the New Build Extension. A new office and reception area

August 2018

Amazon UK asked Graphskill to start supplying goods directly to them. Now you can find Graphskill goods sold directly by Amazon themselves

May 2018

We have consolidated our online presence. We now have:

Our corporate website:

Our Online Store :

We still sell on Ebay, Amazon and ManoMano

All other selling avenues have been discontinued

January 2018

Great news. On Tuesday 16th January we received official planning permision for our new build extension. This will be new offices, leaving room in the old offices to expand the stores area

Design of New Build Offices

Design of New Build Offices

May 2016

40 Years!

Graphskill celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a day at the races. 40 years of making pipe supports

Graphskill at the Races

Graphskill at the Races

January 2016

Graphskill are now on ManoMan

ManoMano is a brand new DIY website, all things for the DIY enthusiast.

Graphskill were happy to oblige when approached by ManoMano to list on their site. Originally a French website, they were keen to build a site for the UK

30th November 2013

Graphskill are proud to anounce their arrival on (also known as Rakuten) are a well established competitor to Amazon and Ebay, but until now have focussed on Music, Film and Games. They have now widened their base to include Home and Garden and more specifically DIY which is where our products come in. contacted graphskill to ask them to add their products to this new venture, and we were very happy to oblige

Graphskill on

Graphskill on

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20th May 2013

New website

New website

Our main website – has been migrated to a new internet host –

During the move, we decided to update the site and base it on a WordPress installation making it easier to maintain

Please do take a look and let us know what you think

1st March 2013

Shackles – R – Us



It seems website creation can grow on you. Graphskill launch their latest website for stainless steel chandlery (shackles, turnbuckles, steel chain etc). Keeping with the theme of obious names, this one is called shackles-r-us

25th December 2012




Graphskill Ltd are pleased to announce a new initiative – an online store solely for U-bolts. Aptly named U-bolts-r-us

17th February 2011

Graphskill”s new website design goes live

New Website Design

New Website Design

New Website Design Graphskill have been working hard to update the appearance of the website. We have an on-line store, quotes & estimates, product selectors, product brochures, newsletters and much more.

The site also has a live support feature to talk to Graphskill staff enabling you to ask questions and get answers.

15th December 2010

Santa”s Sleigh will be heard

Father Christmas had lost his clapper but all is well after a quick trip to Graphskill Ltd.The Rotary Club of Workington Derwent, who take Santa”s Sleigh around the streets of Workington over the festive season, had lost Santa”s clapper from his bell.

However, Graphskill came to the rescue making a new one & securing it firmly with one of their new range of stainless steel self-locking nuts. Thankfully, the excited children of Workington can still listen out for Santa!

He can be spotted at the following venues between 6:15pm & 8pm & all weekend in the Town Centre:-<br>\r\nWednesday 15th – Moorclose Thursday 16th – Salterbeck Friday 17th – Ashfield Monday 20th – Around Town Tuesday 21st – Seaton Wednesday 22nd – Northside

31st July 2010

“Holy boat”…..Graphskill to the rescue!

Holey Boat!

Holey Boat!

“Pipe Dream”, the dinghy Graphskill are sponsoring during the Inland Nationals later this year, had a collision on the first day of the sailing regatta at Bassenthwaite today (31st July 2010).

The massive hole it sustained nearly sank the vessel as it was being towed to shore by the rescue team.However, a trip to Graphskill to collect a sheet of PTFE enabled the team, Tim Knowles and Martin Statter, to continue sailing the weak long regatta with the temporary repair.

The “Pipe Dream” team even went on to win the silver fleet series during the week

12th July 2010

Martin”s wise words on Exporting!

Martin on Export

Martin on Export

Here’s how an export agent helped me sell my products abroad

Managing director Martin Statter wanted to develop overseas markets for Graphskill Limited’s specialist pipework components, but did not have the time or resources to risk on setting up offices overseas …..

Read the rest here:

23rd June 2010

Online shop NOW OPEN!

On-line store

On-line store

We have now opened our online shop for stainless steel fasteners. A2 and A4 grade stainless steel hex bolts and hex head set screws

4th March 2009

University helps to enhance quality

Lancaster University aids qualiity

Lancaster University aids qualiity

This week the new manufacturing software, developed jointly by Graphskill & Lancaster University, was upload onto the company network for its ”live” performance within the Quality & Production Control systems at Graphskill.

The new system is a quantum leap for the Company as not only does it brings together many of the old fragmented manufacturing software, but it also has many new features which cover the whole spectrum of our standard product manufacturing.

The new system guarantees replication of quality but is still flexible enough to accommodate new products or improved production technology.

It has revolutionized our systems of control in all aspects of the business… a further step forward towards our goal of 100% customer service!

15th January 2007

The SERIES 1205 is granted full Patent.

1205 Series PatentGraphskill has received confirmation that the SERIES 1205 ”bossed pipeclip system” is fully Patented.

We can now proceed with our ambitious marketing plans for 2007 in complete confidence that our product design is protected”, commented Martin Statter (Man. Director).

6th October 2006

Graphskill is recognised as top Cumbrian Company

The "Pride" Certificate

The “Pride” Certificate

Today, Graphskill was presented with its award for being one of the 3 finalists in the ”Pride of Cumbria Business awards”, as a top performer in the County during 2005.

The ”Best Business Award” was the top prize of the annual ceremony. Graphskill was selected for its overall achievements in business encompassing: business growth, product development & innovation, entry into new markets and sound HR, social & environmental responsibilities.

The event was hosted by newsreader, Fiona Armstrong with guest speaker Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic.

15th August 2006

30 years in business celebrated…Today

30th Anniversary celebrations at the races

30th Anniversary celebrations at the races

Graphskill”s staff enjoyed a day out at Carlisle Races to celebrate 30 continuous years of trading Excitement mounted when ”Sunnyside Tom” was a winner for all, in Race 2. Company Founder, Tom Statter collected the winnings… with a security escort!

28th September 2005

Blair & Bush recognise the achievement …

Neil Graham receives his award from global leaders

Neil Graham receives his award from global leaders

Neil Graham, Graphskill’s Production Manager. was presented with his 20 years’ service award by the world leaders at a special dinner tonight. Neil was instumental in the development of the SERIES 1205 pipe support system

8th October 2004

The SERIES 1205 romps home at the Races

Carole & Martin & Jenny Pitman

Carole & Martin & Jenny Pitman

Today Graphskill was presented the ”Pride of Cumbria” business award for innovation. The ceremony took place at the newly renovated Carlisle Race course.

Martin Statter & Carole Mulholland collected the award from famous horse trainer Jenny Pitman.

The Series 1205 pipe support system was judged to beat 19 other entrants as the most innovative product to come out of Cumbria this year.

28th March 2003

Graphskill are finalists in County Export Award

Martin Statter and Ivan Lewis

Martin Statter and Ivan Lewis

Ivan Lewis MP, presented Graphskill’s M.D., Martin Statter, their certificate of runner’s-up in the county exporting awards.

The guest speaker at the event was the Falklands war hero, Simon Weston

23rd January 2003

Export Success in Europe

1205 Series Pipe Support

1205 Series Pipe Support

Graphskill achieve their goal to supply the German market. A major chemical plant designer in Germany asks for unique pipe support to be designed & developed in stainless steel. Graphskill duly accommodates by introducing… the Series 1205!

10th January 2003

First Direct Export to… the USA

Export to the USA

Export to the USA

Last week, Graphskill shipped a consignment of metal tiebars to an American Hardware distributor. The order represents a significant landmark for the company. Martin Statter, the MD, believes the web-site attracted the American buyer.

He said ” It is not a hugely substantial order, but it is a toe in the water for us & we are confident it will lead to bigger things”

24th March 2002

The Duke of York meets Graphskill

Prince Andrew meets Carole Mulholland

Prince Andrew meets Carole Mulholland

Prince Andrew meets Martin Statter

Prince Andrew meets Martin Statter

Today Prince Andrew was in Copeland to meet Cumbrian exporting companies at West Lakes Technology Park, in his role as Special Rep. for British Trading Internatinal.

He chatted for 5 minutes to Graphskill’s Managing Director, Martin Statter, who was describing their products & exporting plans for the future

Duke of york visit… Prince Charming

Prince Andrew was also introduced to Carole Mulholland, Graphskill”s Works Administrator, who said ” …he was genuinely interested in what we manufactured & was perfectly charming!”

18th March 2002

Graphskill recognised as IIP

Graphskill Investors in People Award

Graphskill Investors in People Award

Graphskill was awarded the ”Investor in people” recognisition today.

The presentation was made by Tracy Edwards, the ”around the world racing yachts-woman”, to some of Graphskill”s staff.

From right to left:- Martin Statter, MD; Clive Hodgson, Despatch; Neil Graham, Works Manager & Carole Mulholland, Works Admin