A 30-year-old engineering company in Peterborough is poised for a multi-million relocation to larger premises in the city.
The £2.5 million move will see the Vogal Group move from Welbeck Way, Woodston, to a purpose-built unit on Kingston Park in Fletton.
It is part of a new drive focused on achieving ambitious growth over the next few years.
It includes the creation of a specialist project management facility called Vogal Project Management.
This has enabled the company to enhance its services from mechancial and electrical installation to offering comprehensive project management, which means the group handles every aspect of an installation from conception to completion.
In addition, the company is looking to move its apprentice training centre from Ailsworth to a purpose built complex on the new site. It is hoped to increase the number of apprentices from 10 to 24.
This is a really exciting time for us.Ben Atkins, chairman
The Vogal Group specialises in providing mechanical and electrical installations for a range of business sectors from petrochemical, pharmaceuticals to food and drink.
Chairman Ben Atkins said: “This is a really exciting time for us.”
It is hoped to double the company’s turnover from about £7 million to £14 million over the next two years. There will also be an increase in the 90 members of staff.
Mr Atkins said: “The new premises will give us the accommodation needed to successfully achieve that turnover. It was a struggle to find any suitable alternative premises in Peterborough so we decided to build our own.”
The Vogal Group is a Peterborough born and nurtured company that puts great store by training the engineers of the future.
The company was created by Ben Atkins 30 years ago and has seen thousands of apprentices pass through its doors
Mr Atkins said: “Our centre is very much the skills pipeline of the future.
“Nationally there is a skills shortage and we are looking to recruit greater numbers of apprentices.
“We have 10 trainees at the moment. But we would like to take on six a year for the next three years to bring the number up to 24.”
Managing director Eifion Evans said the company was committed to educating and training new apprentices,
He said: “I estimate that 2,000 apprentices have been trained by us over the last 10 years.”
Vogal Training is an approved centre for City and Guilds, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance. It delivers NVQ level two and three qualifications.
To apply for an apprenticeship at Vogal visit www.vogaltraining.co.uk