HARTLEPOOL’S oldest firm is set for a bright future after a management buyout.
Ords Group, which has had a presence in the town since the 1840s, is now trading under the name of Ord Office after Ian Wilson and his partner Angela Pearson completed a takeover.
The business was previously run by Angela’s parents, Alan and Brenda Pearson, and Ian says that after more than 170 years in the town it is an exciting new era for the firm.
Ian started working for Ords in 2004 after being made redundant from Expanded Metals, and has learned the ropes over the last decade having initially started as a rep before taking control of the business development side of the operation.
Ian, 39, who lives in the Grange Road area with Angela and their son James, 12, said: “It’s a privilege to be the new owners of a business that has been around in Hartlepool for so long.
“We’ve been talking about taking it over for a while, and we just feel the time is right now.
“We have some exciting plans to move forward, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s early days and we’re still finding our feet, but we have restructured things and we’re ready to move everything forward.
“The management buyout has created an increased stability within our company and employees feel part of a winning team with a vision.”
Ian and Angela run a team of four staff at their base in Avenue Road, but they’re looking to expand their workforce and are currently interviewing for apprenticeship positions.
“We’re a local firm, and with unemployment being an issue in Hartlepool it will be nice if we can create a couple of positions for local people who can’t find work for one reason or another.
“It has been tough for lots of businesses in recent years, no matter what sector they operate in, and one of the problems we have had is that we’ve been under the radar a little bit.
“People have heard of us, but we often get customers saying they didn’t know exactly what we did.
“We do a wide range of services ranging from T-shirt printing, shirt framing, school equipment and general printing requirements, to selling everyday stationery goods and office furniture.
“With such a proud history behind us, we’re looking forward to a bright future as well.
“It goes without saying that the business has changed a lot over the years with the advancement of technology and the introduction of social media and things like that.
“We have new challenges and new competition all of the time, but this firm has prided itself on the friendly service we offer to our customers throughout the years and that will always continue.”