OUR STRONG ROOTS ALLOW HEALTHY GROWTH
Having reached our fifth birthday, we felt it was a good time to catch our breath and review our aspirations.
We have enjoyed remarkable growth in our first five years of business, and we believe opportunities exist for even further expansion over the next five.
NES started in 2012 with a workforce of 14 in Inverness and Elgin, and today we have 60 permanent staff, with a further 40 on contract, and a turnover of £3million-£4million.
As an ambitious company, we believe a similar level of growth is achievable by 2022, by which time our staff and turnover will have increased four-fold again.
Our core business will remain in the north and north-east, but we can see opportunities further afield, including the central belt, where we already have some customers, and where there are different markets in areas like social housing and energy. At the same time, we’re looking at adding on other services, such as mechanical, to widen our portfolio.
At this stage of our evolution, the time is right to be more pro-active, looking increasingly at raising our profile outside our home base and pursuing business development opportunities.
Kirsty Bulloch’s role has changed to business development manager to help us investigate new projects further afield that we are well suited to do. Judging from the number of enquiries we’ve had the work is there for us and we need to be ready to seize the chance.
The economy has been a bit in the doldrums for some time, but recently there is a bit more optimism about and hopefully that will remain despite the continuing political uncertainty.
To prepare for our expansion, we have restructured internally and have recently promoted Sandy Boa to Inverness manager, while Chris Stewart is now project engineer and Kerry Robertson is administration and finance supervisor. At the same time, we have recruited a new estimator, Craig Cuthbert, and new additions to our admin team, Rachel Sanderson and Claire Oliver, as well as trainee Holly Thurston.
We are well placed to build, having established firm foundations in our early years. We have a highly-regarded apprentice programme and will soon recruit four new trainees – two each in Inverness and Elgin – bringing our complement of apprentices to 15.
This represents a strong commitment to our ‘grow our own’ staff philosophy and will ensure a continuing conveyor belt of talent coming through to meet our employment demands while there is a shortage of skilled electricians.
In the same way that we remain committed to our traditional base, we will also stay true to our core principles, which include teaching our new staff the correct technical skills, a culture of working and behaving properly at all times and the highest safety standards.
Those principles have earned us a strong reputation among clients and within the industry. They will serve us well as we embark on the next stage of our development.
Kenny Duncan, managing director, NES