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Pump firm is firing on all cylinders
THE boss of a North-East pump installation firm has outlined ambitious expansion plans as he reflected on a successful first 10 month's trading.
C & A Pumps & Engineering Limited is on target to exceed the 600,000 annual turnover target set by boss Alan Roberts, who predicts the firm will double that figure in the year ahead.
He recently took on two apprentices who joined his 10-strong team, which is also set to increase as the fledgling firm wins more orders.
The Hartlepool business emerged from the ashes of Durham-based C & A Pumps, where Mr Roberts had worked for 24 years.
Following its collapse last year the decision to adopt the moniker of his former employers, and persuade experienced colleagues to join him, has helped Mr Robert's venture get off to a flying start.
It now occupies three offices and a workshop at the town's Queen's Meadow Business Park.
"I invested all of my own money to set this started. I even part-exed the car for a van. People think I must have had loads of sleepless nights but I was always confident this would work."
The firm quickly secured contracts with the likes of Cleveland Fire Brigade, HM Prisons, Sedgefield Racecourse, schools and leading housing developers.
In addition to pump installation it provides electrical and mechanical maintenance services, and has launched a separate health and safety training consultancy called C & A Safety Solutions.
Its largest order to date has been from Seymour Civil Engineering to work on a Northumbria Water site in Northumberland.
Its growing reputation also saw it win a deal with Teesside iron and steel maker SSI UK to install a specialist detection system for chemicals tanks.
"Having a foothold with SSI is a real feather in our cap," said Mr Roberts.
"They made the approach and invited us to tender so we are obviously doing something right."
In the year ahead the firm will target the chemical and petrochemical industries as well as grow its client base across the region.
"I expect to take on more staff. I'm holding back at the moment in case there is a lull in workloads but at the moment there are no signs of any lull. In fact we have more work than we can handle," added Mr Roberts, who hailed Hartlepool College and Hartlepool Borough Council for their support.
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