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South Cumbria business kicks off 2016 with £3m of contracts

Published on: Wednesday 17th February 2016
Categorised under: Work , Barrow, Business, Engineering

A rapidly growing South Cumbria business is looking forward to a bumper 2016, after winning £3m worth of contracts in January alone.

Athena PTS based in Barrow-in-Furness, is taking on local contracts at the likes of BAE Systems alongside major national projects that require the company’s specialist electrical knowhow.

The company – which is a partner of Choose South Cumbria – was established in 2011, and provides electrical design consultancy, project support services, electrical installation works and operations and maintenance services in numerous electrical engineering sectors.

Mark Skeels, Operations Director, said: “We’ve been successful so far this year and secured four contracts in the first month alone. We’re growing at a good pace and the future is very positive for us.”

The company took on six new employees in a variety of roles during 2015 to help deliver its growing number of contracts, taking the total number of staff to over 40. This included Power Systems Consultant Junyu Han, originally from South China, who secured his role after applying via the Choose South Cumbria Virtual Careers Fair held in May.

Mark said: “We need people to assist with delivering our new projects, so we’re always looking for new people.”

Athena PTS started with just four founding directors and has always been proud of its South Cumbria roots. Mark described Barrow as a “boom town”.

“Cumbria is on the map now and contractors from further afield are all well aware of the possibilities of work in Barrow,” he said. “When people come to Barrow to work for larger organisations such as BAE Systems, it gives us the opportunity to grow our network of contacts.”

Last year, the company ranked seventh in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list of the UK's fastest growing private firms.

The only business in Cumbria to make the list, Athena PTS was praised for its impressive annual sales growth of 126 per cent over a three year period.

Mark said: “It gave the company a real feel-good factor and it was great for the larger organisations we work with to see us recognised for the way we have developed and grown.”

As the company expands, Mark is keen to diversify and find success in other areas.

He added: “We want to be successful in other electrical arenas, not just renewable energy. We have the ability to react to other engineering scenarios. We’re working on finding the next niche market so we can develop further.”

To find out more about Athena PTS and current career opportunities click here.

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