A COUNTY Durham engineering firm plans to recruit after securing over £3m in new contracts in 2021.

Burnopfield-based Electek Solutions Limited (ESL) has put in place ambitious growth plans which could see turnover increase from £1.1m in 2020 to between £3.5m and £4m by the end of March.

The growth forecasts have been boosted by several high-profile business wins in 2021, including a £1.2m contract with Roomz Hotel at St James’ Court in Edinburgh, which will see ESL work with the national chain to kit out the bedrooms with energy efficient heating and lighting solutions, and a £1.1m contract to support the build of 87 student apartments in Bradford.

The wins are alongside significant contracts the Hobson Industrial Estate company is already delivering for Bishop Auckland Hospital and the Borders Housing Association.

Managing director David Hutchinson, who launched the business in 2015 and now runs it with his partner Denise Gilligan, said: “It’s been a fantastic year for the business and it’s fair to say our growth has been more rapid than any of us expected. The challenge for us now is how we manage our rapid growth – recruiting the right people will certainly be key to that.

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“Our expertise in developing cloud-based solutions for companies alongside the manufacture of energy efficient products for projects like those we’re delivering in Edinburgh and Bradford, have boosted our ability to secure large national contracts which should see the business achieve turnover of around £3.5m to £4m by the end of March next year.

Electek Solutions Limited specialises in cloud-based technology solutions which are installed by businesses to build up a picture of their energy and water consumption and identify where savings can be made.

ESL, which employs 25 people including two apprentice electricians and two graduate engineers, also manufactures energy efficient products including LED lighting, PV systems and eclipse electric and infrared heating.

The company was recently named ‘Consultancy of the Year’ at the North East Energy Efficiency Awards – the third year in a row the company has won the title – and finished in third place at the national finals which recognise companies which are adopting innovative approaches to energy efficiency.

David added: “When I started the business it was just me and I was working on a sub-contract basis for other companies in the industry. Now we’re a highly skilled team of 25 with further recruitment ongoing, and we’re directly and regularly securing £1m-plus contracts with some of the most established brands and construction companies nationally."


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