Growth promise at new premises

WAKEFIELD engineering company Eddison & Wanless has relocated to large, modern premises in Horbury and is now poised for expansion into new markets.

Established more than 60 years ago, the firm has enjoyed continued growth.

However, running the business from two manufacturing plants in Dewsbury was beginning to hinder further expansion.

Managing director, Phil Wilbraham, and his fellow director, and wife, Jan began the search for larger premises.

When the 60,000 sq ft former Bombardier Pro-Rail railway engineering site became available it was in Mr Wilbraham's words "too good an opportunity to miss".

But, as he explained, the task ahead was not a simple one.

The business turned to West Yorkshire law firm Chadwick Lawrence for help. Six months later, and with a successful relocation behind it, the firm is looking for further expansion in its specialist field of heavy fabrication manufacture.

The new premises have given it the scope to carry out large projects, which have already resulted in a significant sales increase of 50 per cent – which has boosted the firm's annual turnover to 4m.

With 44 employees, the firm, which already has a firm foothold in the UK power industry, is now looking to provide its services to other sectors, including the petro chemical industry.