BGEN hails record year and unveils plans to recruit 300 staff in 2023

John Sugden, left, and Robin Whitehead

BGEN, the Warrington-based specialist, multi-discipline engineering solutions business, has announced a record financial year – and plans to add 300 more staff to its headcount in the coming year.

In the past financial year, turnover increased by more than 50% to £191m and the company has also reported a significant increase in operating profit.

John Sugden, BGEN executive chair, said: “We’ve had an excellent year across the board, with significant growth achieved by our specialist pharmaceutical (BES) and food businesses (BFP).

“While the next 12 months will remain a challenge in terms of the economic climate and industry-wide talent shortage, we’re confident we’ll deliver against our planned people, performance and planet objectives. We have a strong order book for the year ahead and a great senior management team in place.”

In 2022 BGEN secured contracts with several blue-chip organisations in sectors such as clean energy, food, heavy industry and pharmaceutical, and successfully tendered and won 12 strategic utility agreements, including two new awards for National Grid.

The company also expanded its sustainability and net zero service offering and strengthened its technology division through the acquisition of Radway Control Systems.

The year ahead will see BGEN continue a major recruitment drive, looking to expand its workforce from 1,000 to more than 1,300 employees, as the company looks to service its existing client base and expand into new sectors.

The company is looking to recruit a range of positions, including mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as several roles to support its fast growing sustainability practice, with a number of apprenticeship and graduate opportunities available across the business.

The new year will also see the company focus on delivering against ambitious DEI and net zero targets. For example, this will see the company build on its recent commitment to recruit, retain and support more female employees, and continue its journey to achieving net zero emissions by 2035 at the latest.

Robin Whitehead, BGEN chief executive, said: “First and foremost, I’d like to thank all employees and clients in helping us to achieve a record year.

“We’re making good progress against our mission to be recognised as an independent market leader in the provision of world class multi-disciplinary engineering solutions for UK and international organisations.”

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