Broxap Limited, based in Chesterton, Newcastle under Lyme, is a family owned group of businesses. Founded in 1946, it specialises in the design and manufacture of high specification street furniture, all types of shelters, design and build projects, plus sports, outdoor gym equipment and play equipment.
Sydney Lee started the company 70 years ago using ‘demob’ money he received on leaving the Navy after the Second World War. The firm then employed just 2 people.
The original site for the business was on a hill on Clare Street, Harriseahead, not far from its current Newcastle premises. There the firm became incorporated as Hillsyde Foundry (Staffordshire) Limited.
Hillsyde started out melting aluminium to produce cap guns and teddy bear money boxes for Woolworths.
The firm moved into cast iron engineering production, melting iron through a Cupola that was installed.
From an early age, Sydney’s sons John and Robert began working in the family business. In 1974 Sydney acquired a new, larger site in Chesterton. 3 years later, the 13,000 square foot work shop opened and an office built. The company now employed 7 people.