Engineering firm secures £300,000 investment

Bosses at a new engineering company say they are looking to the future with confidence after securing a £300,000 investment package.

Saturday, 21st April 2018, 3:03 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st April 2018, 3:06 pm
From left, Peter Taylor, of UK Steel Enterprise, Nicky Atkinson, of FW Capital, and Jeremy Gadd, of Covol Engineering.

Covol Engineering, based in Billingham, has secured £200,000, made up of £50,000 equity and a £150,000 loan, from UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary, and £100,000 from NPIF- FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

The consultancy is already working with blue-chip companies across sectors that include oil and gas, manufacturing, food and power.

With an 11-strong team skilled in electrical, control and instrumentation engineering, the projects include facility design, improvement of existing plants and engineering consultancy so that companies comply with regulations.

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Covol Engineering is forecasting orders of £700,000 in its first year and aims to double turnover in the second year.

Managing director Jeremy Gadd said he has been able to draw on his wide experience of working in senior management on international and major projects in the sector including time with Lucite International, Vertellus Specialities and, more recently, GSE Systems Ltd.

“We have already put together a team of engineers with the high level of skills and international engineering experience that we need at Covol and are confident that we will be adding to that number very soon,” he said.

“We already have a number of existing connections with blue-chip companies but have ambitious plans to grow both at home and in the global market.

“The investment package from UK Steel Enterprise and NPIF-FW Capital Debt Finance is allowing us to take the business forward.”

Peter Taylor, of UK Steel Enterprise, said: “This investment is enabling a fledgling engineering company based in one of our steel areas to pursue its well-thought out plans for expansion and create valuable jobs for Teesside.”