Engineering firm set to create 100 jobs after revealing record order book

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Engineering firm Edwin James is set to create over 100 jobs over the next two years after revealing a record order book in excess of £500m.

The firm, which has offices and servive centres in Swadlincote, Burton and Louth, says that despite sales falling over its last year by 11%, profits held up well and it is now well-positioned to expand.

The company refined its operating brands during the year with a focus on Parker Technical Services, Musk Process Services and Peak Technology Solutions. Investment was made in an expanded academy programme to support the training and retraining of existing staff and help attract talent. Investment has also been made in the leadership team during the year, with further strengthening of this team planned over the coming year. Developing the next generation continues to be important, with 165 apprentices employed by the business.

Derek Smith, CEO of Edwin James Group, said: “The group responded quickly to the pandemic and put the safety of its employees, and those of our clients, and wider community first. While the long and strict lockdowns created operational challenges, the business was able to support customers and their business-critical assets that range from food manufacturing to utility and defence sectors, by developing new processes and protocols to ensure the safety of everyone.

“We emerge from this unprecedented period in good shape. We have a talented and experienced team that we are continuing to develop with new investment in training via our EJ Academy. Our order book has never been stronger, and more of our customers are using a wider range of services.

“Implementation of a clear and established strategy is expected to deliver a growing customer base and revenue. With the support of a committed workforce, this will produce growth opportunities for all staff, and we look forward to the future with confidence.”