More jobs are on the way at an award-winning Wearside firm

Overall Business of the Year winners Expert Tooling & Automation.
Overall Business of the Year winners Expert Tooling & Automation.
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An award-winning company is looking to take on more staff as it continues its incredible success story.

More positions are likely to be created at Expert Tooling &Automation which won the Overall Business of the Year honour at last year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards.

People do see this. The awards are something that is talked about in the North East. People still mention it even now and, without a shadow of a doubt, we support the awards and would encourage other companies to enter

David Bartell, operations director at Expert Tooling & Automation

It will increase full-time staff at the business, which is based on the Rainton Bridge Industrial Estate and also Armstrong Industrial Estate in Washington.

Turnover is also expected to soar this year, and operations director Dave Bartell said: “It is down to extra work. We are getting more orders and we are getting bigger orders.”

Expert is an automation engineering services company that undertakes automation and tooling projects locally, nationally and globally. 

As well as Rainton Bridge, it has a site in Coventry and belongs to the Expert Group.

The vast majority of its current work in within the UK but Mr Bartell added: “A big focus in the next year is to do a lot more in Europe. We certainly can make inroads into that.”

Alongside the employment and turnover boost, the firm has also moved to its impressive new hi-tech base at Rainton Bridge in the last year.

Mr Bartell said: “It gives customers a better perception of us as a business. It is high end and it gives a good impression.

“It is a nice workplace for the workforce and they are buoyed by that.

“It also means we have to raise our game. We have got the facilities and the infrastructure and we need to deliver on that.”

The growth of Expert in the North East has been astonishing. Winning the Business of the Year award, as well as the Best Training Provider title at the 2015 Portfolio Awards, meant a lot to the business.

“Training is something we are passionate about, as well as upskilling our workforce,” said Mr Bartell. “That is why we entered the Best Training Provider category.”

But an added bonus was winning the overall title as the best business in the Wearside area.

“When the final award of the night was announced, it was a huge surprise to us, me personally and the team around me,” he added. “I had a graduate and an apprentice with me at the time and it was very encouraging.

“People do see this. The awards are something that is talked about in the North East. People still mention it even now and, without a shadow of a doubt, we support the awards and would encourage other companies to enter.

“Over the last couple of years, it has generated success stories and it has been good for our business.

“The success stories are businesses that people can look up to and people can recognise.”

The search for this year’s contenders is now under way.

To nominate send your name, address and telephone number, the name of the person or business you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).

State which category your nomination applies to (from the list of categories) and provide a description of the reasons for your nomination (no more than 300 words).

Post your nomination to: Nicola Meldrum, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA alternatively email nicola.meldrum@jpress.co.uk or lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, September 2, 2016.