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JOHN ELLIOTT THE ERT INTERVIEW


This interview was conducted earlier this year before lockdown.


14 Backing Britain


Breaking into the MDA market, Ebac produces 100 per cent British-made washing machines available through its growing retail network. But MD, John Elliott, tells Jack Cheeseman he wants the company to be bigger. “There’s a definite appetite for goods made in Britain, and we need to work with bricks and mortar retailers.”


MBE can be found at his factory in County Durham. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Ebac. Now a very successful and influential


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businessman, Mr Elliott left school at 15 for an electrical engineering apprenticeship before becoming a Draftsman at the age of 21. After various jobs in the interim, he then took up a


hen he is not busy meeting with the Prime Minister, or assisting with projects to help small businesses, or tending to his sheep farm, John Elliott


sales position for a dehumidifier manufacturer in the North East. Following this, he went self-employed and, at


the age of 29, was presented with the opportunity to design and produce industrial dehumidifiers – he did this with the help of his brothers in a farm shed and upon completion, this same customer ended up ordering further units. And so, this was what Mr Elliott refers to as the “accidental setup” of his business, which today is the multi-million pound, forward-thinking British manufacturing company, Ebac, which originally stood for Elliott Brothers Air Control.


Based in the small town of Newton Aycliffe,


just a few miles from where Mr Elliott was born, Ebac produces domestic dehumidifiers, water coolers and, more recently, washing machines – the first British designed and built machines for 40 years. But in its history the company has been involved in several industrial projects, including providing air control systems for the Channel Tunnel and the London Underground. In 2012, Mr Elliott, who still leads the company


today, handed ownership of the business over to a trust, the Ebac Foundation, to ensure its future is protected and that it would never be sold or


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