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Power specialist is buzzing with vitality.

Byline: By Rebekah Ashby

A fledgling Tees Valley power company is gearing up for a new year expansion which will see it doubling the size of its workforce and its premises.

Professional Power Electronics Services Ltd (PPES), of Stokesley, says staff numbers will grow from 16 to 32 over the next year after it moves to new headquarters in the town.

The company, launched four years ago, has had an undisclosed investment from UK Steel Enterprise, the subsidiary of Corus that supports businesses in steel areas.

Managing director Shaun Nugent said: "There is no doubt that 2004 will be an exciting year for us and moving to larger premises nearby will give us sufficient space to develop the business whilst our bespoke headquarters are being built. We do work in a competitive area but our aim is to be market leaders in the field. As a small company, the UKSE investment was very important to us and helped to ensure that we are ready to take advantage of any opportunities."

PPES's expertise in the installation, maintenance and testing of uninterrupted power supply systems (UPS) - vital for many industries and services - has attracted customers all over the UK. The company has diversified into new markets. It has now moved into the power-quality market, delivering seminars, offering advice, conducting surveys and providing solutions in response to new industry regulations.

Mr Nugent said: "The new regulations are a shock to many companies. It's complicated but no company will be allowed to contribute more than the limits as set by G5/4 for harmonic distortion back on to the grid.

"We have appointed a power-quality director with many years of experience in this field, invested heavily in specialist equipment and trained a number of our staff in its use."

PPES clients include Norwich Union, Manchester and Newcastle airports, Siemens, BP Visqueen, Gateshead Borough Council and universities. UK Steel Enterprise area manager Simon Hamilton said: "Despite being a young company, PPE has a strong management team that is well known in the industry and it is already performing strongly."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 23, 2003
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