A North East hydraulics company that has doubled its workforce in 18 months is continuing to invest in future talent within the subsea sector.
Quick Hydraulics, based at New York Industrial Park in North Shields, has grown its employee numbers from 14 to 29, hiring two graduate engineers and taking on five apprentices during that time.
The company has also committed to promoting engineering in schools and colleges, working with organisations like Primary Engineer and the Engineering Development Trust, and providing work placements to secondary school students.
Managing director Andrew Esson said: “We can’t sit back and expect someone else to create a future talent pool.
“Every company in the subsea sector needs to actively commit to attracting new talent into the industry, and provide the career opportunities to keep hold of that talent.”
Established more than 30 years ago, Quick Hydraulics is a leading UK fluid power centre that covers Northern England and North East Scotland.
The company offers high-quality hydraulic repair, design and manufacture, installation and commissioning for a wide range of products such as hydraulic power units, control systems and test rigs.
Esson acquired the firm from its previous family owners in September 2011 and, with an aggressive plan for growth, raised turnover from £2.5m in 2011 to £3.2m in 2012. This year, it is on course for £3.9m.
“Quick Hydraulics was a firm which was recognised for its technical capabilities and excellent customer service within its existing customer base, but had concentrated for a number of years on servicing existing customers rather than expansion,” Esson explained.
“There was an obvious opportunity to increase the company’s activities in the subsea sector, but to do this required expansion of the existing team.
“Last year, we started with an apprentice hydraulic technician and a business and administration apprentice, and quickly added a higher apprentice within our engineering team.
“This year, we have recruited a further two apprentices within our workshop, as well as bringing in a graduate engineer and an economics & business graduate to assist with systems development.”