A health and safety training company aims to boost turnover by almost 70% in its first two years of business following rapid expansion.
Chris Devlin established World Class Safety in August last year, having spent six years working in health and safety abroad, using his established connections to offer similar services in the UK.
Six months after launching the Stockton firm alone, Devlin took on three new members of staff to deliver asbestos training courses, health and safety consultancy services and other general training to a range of blue chip clients including BP and Perenco.
Now, after a year of trading, the company has taken on two former military men who experienced Afghanistan, Iraq and Belfast to help grow first-year sales of £75,000 to an estimated £135,000.
Devlin has appointed Mike Bone as training director and Steve Boustead as medical, security and risk training specialist and the double appointment comes after the company opened a new training centre at Birtley, Gateshead.
Bone, a former gymnast who missed competing in the 1992 Olympics after breaking his arm, spent five years in the Army as a physical training instructor before going into training.
Boustead spent 23 years in the Army where he became an accomplished fitness training instructor. He spent four years as a risk manager in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he trained local security forces and produced threat assessments for high-profile US clients before going into the health and safety sector.
In their new roles, the pair will divide their time between the company’s Stockton and Birtley sites.