Hun­dreds of jobs to be cre­ated by elec­tric firm

Em­ploy­ment: Com­pany quadru­ples work­force across north­ern Scot­land

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - BUSINESS - BY KEITH FIND­LAY

North Elec­tri­cal Ser­vices (NES) is plan­ning a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of Scot­tish op­er­a­tions in a move ex­pected to cre­ate nearly 200 jobs over the next five years.

The Mo­ray-based firm has more than quadru­pled its per­ma­nent work­force across op­er­a­tions in El­gin and In­ver­ness to 60 since setting up in 2012, while it also pro­vides work for about 40 con­trac­tors. NES now has the cen­tral belt and new sec­tors in its sights and is tar­get­ing turnover of up to £15mil­lion an­nu­ally by around 2022, com­pared to a cur­rent fig­ure of be­tween £3mil­lion and £4mil­lion.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kenny Dun­can said: “There are still op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to grow in the north and north-east but we also feel we can pur­sue other ar­eas, like the cen­tral belt, and other sec­tors such as en­ergy and so­cial hous­ing.

“If it goes as we ex­pect it to go over the next four to five years, we will quadru­ple the ex­ist­ing work­force and seek new projects.”

NES’s ser­vices in­clude in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance, as well as con­trol and in­stru­men­ta­tion work, elec­tric motor re­pairs and a va­ri­ety of other projects at schools, of­fices, com­mer­cial premises, dis­til­leries and fish pro­cess­ing plants.

The firm has taken on three ad­min­is­tra­tion staff, an es­ti­ma­tor and four new ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cians this year. It now has 15 ap­pren­tices on its books.

In­ver­ness, Nairn, Bade­noch and Strath­spey MP Drew Hendry said: “NES is a great suc­cess story, grow­ing from a small com­pany to one with 60 em­ploy­ees and with am­bi­tious plans to de­velop sig­nif­i­cantly in the next five years.

“The fact growth has been driven by a de­sire to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple ... makes the achieved and planned progress even more com­mend­able.”

“Growth driven by a de­sire to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties”

GROWTH: Drew Hendry MP with Kenny Dun­can, NES man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, and ap­pren­tices Tyler Whitty, 17, and Kyle Liv­ing­stone, 18

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