About - Wyastone Estate Limited

In April 2002 the founding directors left Nimbus Technology & Engineering (NTE) having sold it to the Swiss technology group Unaxis in June 2001. They decided to stay together and return to their record company roots so formed a new company, Wyastone Estate Limited and took back day to day management of the Nimbus label. The commercial buildings which previously housed the CD factory and assembly lines for mastering Systems were also brought under the new companies umbrella and redeveloped into the Wyastone Business Park on the 72 acre estate with the majority of the grounds being maintained in their natural wodland state.

Nimbus, the original classical, jazz and world music record label forms the heart of the new company and is once again distributed throughout the UK, internationally and also sold worldwide to mail-order customers via the internet and downloads. Having formed the new company the directors decided that the business model for the classical lable needed a drastic change as the previous management had placed it in a death spiral. In May 2002 only 350 titles out of more than 900 recordings were available to purchase, the rest having been deleted, deemed no longer commercially viable. An entirely new approach was required to take advantage of the shift in sales to on-line retailers such as amazon so the company invested in a revolutionary system that would eliminate the need to hold excess stock and allow for discs to be manufactured 'on demand'. A wholesale re-releaseing programme was started and now the Nimbus catalogue is more complete than it has ever been with almost 1000 titles available. Having proved the effectiveness of this new business model Wyastone Estate Limited began breating new life into other record labels who found themselves in similar situations and the company now manages the manufacturing, and distribution for a range of partner labels inclduing Lyrita, Saydisc, Hallé, Retrospective, Red Priest, BMS, EMR and IntegRarecords. The new division, Nimbus Disc and Print Services now manufactures in excess of 300,000 CDs, DVDs, booklets and inlays a year for more than 200 record labels, artists, and software companies. 

The Nimbus Foundation, which was established in 1988 to support the Arts, is also now managed by the Wyastone team and uses the Concert Hall to drive its objectives. The Foundation supports a number of concerts and radio broadcasts whilst promoting the careers of young musicians wherever possible. The Wyastone Concert Hall is also used as a recording venue, sound stage and studio by all of the major and independany classical record companies along with film, television production companies and advertising agencies.