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Merseyside based manufacturer and contractor MPE Interiors is reporting its strongest year of trading since founding in 2001, after seeing turnover surge in the last year from £1.5m to £2.5m in 2013.

MPE was founded by co directors Cliff Grainger and John Whetnall, who both formerly worked for Cammell Laird. It offers a range of refurbishment services including the manufacturing, supply, installation, repair and maintenance of interiors. Mr Grainger said growth has been driven by demand across its core sectors of maritime as well as commercial and residential property.  Employment at the firm also reached a peak of 50 workers, including sub contractors, while the core workforce has stabilised at 35 which includes an apprentice and four former apprentices who have become fully qualified tradesmen at the company.

“Our marine division has had its most successful year and we are keen to build on this,” he said. “We want to expand the business and win more work in both the military and commercial marine market in the North West and across the UK and Europe. We are especially keen to promote the calibre of our bespoke furniture manufacturer and installation services to the superyacht market.

“The last 12 months has seen us continue to work closely with Cammell Laird and other key commercial marine clients including ferry operators. For Cammell Laird we have worked on the HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH aircraft carrier flight decks contract, including manufacturing enormous plywood weather protection units to guard the nine modules as they were transported by barge from Cammell Laird to Rosyth on the East Coast of Scotland. We have also worked for Cammell Laird on its contract for Through Life Support of the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries”

Mr Grainger said MPE’s on-land services for the commercial and residential property markets had continued to perform robustly.

“We are seeing consistent demand for our ‘on land’ services,” he said. “We have completed a number of residential contracts including bespoke kitchens, study rooms as well as cabinets and desks and other made to measure furniture. In the commercial market we have made and installed furniture such as large reception desks in schools and hospitals. We do see much more potential for growth in the commercial property sector where our bespoke joinery and furniture manufacturing services can provide excellent value and the high standards of craftsmanship.”

For further details contact Cliff Grainger or John Whetnall Tel: 0151 653 8331 Email: mpeinteriors@btconnect.com .



Work includes fitting out shopping centre units, schools, leisure centres. offices, hotels, bars and many more. Services include joinery, prototype manufacture or traditional furniture.


Marine refit service includes everything from strip out to complete accommodation installation.

Installation services include, the supply and installation of furniture, approved panel systems and doors, soft furnishings, decorating and deck covering, public spaces, passenger and crew accommodation.

Specialised installations such as galleys, serveries and refrigerated storage, shops, workshops and laboratories are all included within range of installation capabilities.