PEC Bucks Trend To Grow Workforce

Contracting, manufacturing and shopfitting firm PEC has enjoyed a busy first half of the year, winning new contracts worth £3m with global clients, opening a London office, and increasing the workforce by 20 per cent.

Projects for one of Europe’s leading parking companies Q-Park in London and Yorkshire, marketing agency Momentum UK in Barcelona and Sweden, and Leeds-based Range Rover tuner Overfinch have taken PEC teams around the world, and meant additional staff have been recruited for on-going contracts with the likes of Majestic Wines, Homebase, Directorbank, Yorkshire restaurateurs Lahore and Aagrah, as well as Bradford College, Broadgate Primary School, and Keelham Farm Shop.

Momentum UK commissioned PEC to carry out an internal shop fit-out for electronics and entertainment giant Sony at a store within the grounds of its European Head Office based in Lund, Sweden. Bespoke display units, service counters and wall displays were built in Bradford at PEC’s manufacturing division using timber, metal and Corian. A small team travelled with the units and undertook installation over a four day period, including construction of a rear display wall with fabric panelling, decoration works, and installing Sony’s equipment ranging from LCD TVs to mobile phone and related components.

PEC Managing Director Sohan Panesar said: “A willingness to move quickly when opportunities arise, and having a well-qualified and motivated in-house team helps us to succeed.

“Despite the retail downturn, we have maintained a healthy level of business with long-standing clients and also secured business in additional sectors where we have been working hard to raise our profile. Healthcare is a particularly strong sector, as we have been working with Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust on the refurbishment of a dementia ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary which has received widespread industry praise. We see that sector having great potential for us.”

PEC’s workforce has grown from 100 at the end of 2011 to just over 120, including six new apprentices in joinery, electrical, decorating and plumbing.

“Enquiry levels have never been better, thanks in part to our physical presence in London through the Mayfair office. We knew we’d have to work hard to win the contracts in the current climate, and I am confident our efforts have paid off. There are some exciting projects in the pipeline and our expansion plans are on track, despite the industry downturn,” added Sohan.