The Metal Guys Talk Business

We meet Rob Cooper MD of the British Stainless Steel Association

Show Notes

The BSSA or British Stainless Steel Association represent the interests of the UK's Stainless Steel industry, from manufacturers through to the the end users. 

In this episode, we were joined by Rob Cooper the MD of the BSSA to talk all things Stainless.

Amongst other things we talk about:

* The role of Stainless in the UK
* Training, an ageing workforce and the challenges within the industry
* Areas of growth in the UK Stainless Sector
* Associations, their changing role and why companies should get involved with them.
* The potential growth of UK manufacturing after BREXIT.

This podcast was recorded in 2021, so there have been some changes to tariff barriers that we discussed in the podcast. Significantly the tariff barriers on Chinese Seamless products have been lifted which was one of the topics that we discussed at the end of the podcast. Rob has written the first of a series of regular contributions in the September 2022 edition of The Metal Magazine. Take a look at the website to read his article.

Visit the BSSA website to find out more about the project, or to speak with the team:


SEASON TWO of The Metal Guys Talk Business is sponsored by:

The UK Metals Expo - 13th-14th September 2023, NEC Birmingham -

Anglo Stainless - Supplier of stainless steel pipes, fittings and flanges -

Amron Architectural - Specialists in metal meshes and architectural finishes -


The Metal Guys Talk Business is created and produced by Comton Group. Comton Group are a Metal and Engineering Agency supplying Temporary, Permanent and Contract Staff and Media and Marketing services. Comton Group also publish a digital publication 'The Metal Magazine', which features the latest news and information from across the Metal and Engineering sectors.

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Creators & Guests

Mike Bolton
Co-founder of Comton Group
Peter Comerford
Co-founder of Comton Group

What is The Metal Guys Talk Business?

Peter Comerford and Mike Bolton are The Metal Guys! They have worked in the metal sector for over 10 years, a huge global industry that produces more than a billion tonnes of material annually and affects all other industries and walks of life.

They now run a successful recruitment and marketing company servicing the metal and engineering sectors, making them ideally placed to provide impartial, independent insight into the industry, sitting outside the hierarchy of the various stages of the industry from raw material to finished product.

Under the moniker of The Metal Guys, the pair continue to gain insights from - and ask the difficult questions to - the decision makers and technical experts that you won't hear on any other podcast.

If you produce, work with or supply metal, then tune in and join the conversation.