Industro Solutions
Rebecca Wayman

Teesside design engineer aims high with 2020 £3m turnover target

A Teesside business is on target to achieve a £3m turnover by the end of 2020 with its 28-strong team.

INDUSTRO Solutions Ltd - set up by John Betts and Joanne Bell in 2016 following the closure of an SSI supply chain engineering business where they both worked - recently moved into larger premises in Middlesbrough.

This has enabled the company to increase its fabrication capacity and take on bigger, bespoke projects for clients in the UK and abroad.

UKSE, the business-support subsidiary of Tata Steel, supported the move with a third investment. An initial loan from its Regeneration Fund helped the business start up, then move into UKSE’s Innovation Centre in Redcar and a further loan in 2017 backed growth.

INDUSTRO Solutions provides specialist services including design engineering, steel fabrication, installation and asset management.

John Betts said: “We have doubled turnover each year and are expanding services steadily including our design engineering capability and asset inspection work.

“We have a dynamic and innovative approach to what is a traditional sector and this has helped us attract a healthy customer base.

“UKSE has been very supportive since the beginning with investments, premises and advice. We are continuing to grow and expect to see a £3m turnover next year with around 50 staff by the end of 2020.”

The new facility, alongside the expanding workforce, aims to see INDUSTRO take on various projects, from initial design to completion, for companies in mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, process and other sectors.

Projects to date have included the refurbishment of the Saltburn Cliff lift, a process skid for Qatar and the fabrication and installation of a renewable process plant on Teesside.

Joanne Bell added: “When we started we were able to take on a number of former SSI and supply-chain workers and continue to build a strong, skilled and highly experienced team, from senior management, supervisors, platers, welders and mechanical fitters to apprentices.

“Our team is our greatest asset and are all committed to our innovative business approach, modern culture and health and safety. We have our own apprenticeship scheme and are committed to recruiting two new apprentices each year.

“We are confident that the combination of our skills and experience in the sector means we can continue to create a successful business and are very pleased with progress to date.”

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