Celebrating a significant 50 years of business this year, Edwards Engineering is one of Perth’s longest standing companies and a shining example of continued successful growth and diversification.
Providing specialist mechanical, structural and electrical engineering services to a broad range of businesses across the UK, the company was originally a family firm founded in 1969 before it was bought in August 2016 by Ben Carter and David Alexander alongside existing management.
With customers spanning the sectors of food and drink, manufacturing, agriculture and construction, sales growth has almost doubled in the last three years through a focused investment in people, systems and marketing, expanding at a rate of around 25% each year as Edwards Engineering continues adapting to respond to modern engineering needs.
At its three acre, 45,000 sq ft base in Perth, the company benefits from its central location, making it easily accessible for both customers and its 62 staff while providing a gateway to a skilled workforce. From experienced engineers, project managers and draughtsmen to site operatives and highly-skilled fabricators, the Edwards Engineering team’s capabilities are continually expanding. Their successful apprenticeship programme ensures the skillsets the complex projects require are being honed in-house with apprentices accounting for around 20% of the workforce.
David Alexander, Edwards Engineering Director said: “Perth is a very convenient location and a lovely place to live. Most of our staff live within a 15 mile radius and we have easy accessibility to many of our customers, especially in the whisky and grain industries who are mostly based in the East of Scotland.”
With an annual turnover of around £10m, Edwards Engineering recognises that no two projects are the same and respond to the needs of its customers accordingly, offering targeted expertise as it continues to build on its steadfast reputation of delivering projects on time, to agreed specifications and within budget.
Recent projects include the successful installation of a new £37m, 187-tonne furnace building for glass wool manufacturer Superglass where Edwards Engineering met a series of challenges including exceptional physical and time constraints all while the Stirling-based existing furnace was still in operation. Following extensive planning, clear and consistent communication and Edwards’ flexibility in working with a wider team, the plant faced no interruption during the 18 month project which was delivered on time.
Customer satisfaction remains a driving force at Edwards Engineering and the company plans to continue its growth organically by investing in its people and systems, improving the breadth and depth of the technologies available to its customers and looks forward to the challenges of the next 50 years.