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FBW-sponsored Tameside team is feeling "all white" ahead of their cup final!

FBW is proud to sponsor a number of great local causes and sports teams, including the Denton Youth U10’s White team - who are playing in their cup final in Tameside this weekend against AFC Stanley Reds U10s.

This team of talented young boys has gone through a transitional period with a number of new players joining recently – so they’ve certainly been finding their feet (!) over the last 12 months. Our Commercial and Financial Director Alan Forshaw comments, ‘We’re really pleased the team have made it to the Cup Final on May 7th, and we wish them all the very best of luck. They’re a great bunch of lads and we’ll be proud of them whatever the result. However, we’ll certainly be cheering them on and looking forward to their bringing home a well deserved trophy to Denton Youth.’”

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March 2018: Say hello to Reece! 

We’ve recently welcomed junior electrical engineer Reece Kelly into our team to assist our Electrical Design and Project Engineers.

20-year-old Reece, who lives in nearby Wigan, is fast becoming a CAD designer – producing various diagrams and schedules for our clients – as well as shadowing engineers and directors as they visit clients for site meetings and surveys.

Whilst working within our team, Reece is also continuing his professional development. Having completed his BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 Reece is now studying for his HNC – something he’ll complete this summer.

Speaking of his appointment, FBW Director Mike Dawber said: “Investing in bright, young talent is key for our business and we are proud to be supporting Reece both professionally and in his academic endeavors. He has already become a valuable member of the team.”

Added Reece: “I’m really pleased to have joined the FBW business and look forward to learning more about the projects we work on moving forward.”

October 2016: FBW shortlisted for two prestigious awards

FBW is delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Greater Manchester Chamber Of Commerce Wigan Business Awards!
 
We've firstly been shortlisted for the ‘Small or Medium Enterprise of the Year Award’, sponsored by Wigan & Leigh College.  The award recognises an SME or enterprise from any industry that has been operating for at least two years and turnover up-to £5 million; judging criteria is based on factors including innovation, expertise and a solid vision for the future growth of the company.

 
The second award we are shortlisted for is the ‘Environmental Commitment Award’ sponsored by Lowri Beck; an award in recognition of SMEs that have identified the need and opportunity for innovation in the environmental field. Either working in the environmental sector, or as a serious adopter of environmental innovation. Judges will be looking at a commitment to improving environmental performance, innovation and engagement with the wider community
 
Now entering their tenth year, the annual awards celebrate business excellence across the borough, highlighting the achievements and hard work of a diverse range of Wigan businesses.
 
Mike Dawber, Operations Director at FBW said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for two categories in these local awards. We pride ourselves on the delivery of quality to our clients through a depth of knowledge and experience, the recognition of this would be a fantastic reward of everyone’s efforts and commitment at FBW.”
 
The 2016 Wigan Business Awards are sponsored by NatWest with the award ceremony being held on Friday 18th November 2016.

 

March 2016: FBW announces MBO

FBW Engineering Services, a global, first class provider of process, mechanical, electrical and ICA engineering services has concluded a deal which secures the long-term future of the business. 

Recently appointed directors Ian Hampson and Mike Dawber have led a management buy-out that will serve as an important facet in the development of the company over the coming years.

Since its formation in 1995, the company has proven its abilities in delivering complex, technical projects across the water, wastewater and waste to energy sectors and in 2015 the business reported a record turnover in excess of £2m

The buy-out will serve to continue this growth and maintain the continuity of management important to both clients and employees.

Whilst the deal allows founding directors Alan Forshaw and Martin Bleasdale to begin planning exit strategies both will remain actively involved with the business for the foreseeable future. Alan and Martin’s continued involvement is a crucial element to ensuring that FBW Engineering Services continues to support its clients with the same high level of professionalism that has helped it forge a reputation as a well-respected leader in engineering services in the UK and overseas.

Ian Hampson said: This deal represents a fantastic opportunity for Mike and I, and also for the company. We have a long association with FBW and great confidence in the business and its people. We are well-positioned for future growth and are looking forward to exciting times ahead."

Alan Forshaw added: "We are delighted to have completed this deal. Ian and Mike have a good understanding of our customers' needs and the many strengths that exist within our business. Martin and I are confident and secure in the knowledge that the successful business we have established over the past 20 years, will continue to thrive in the capable hands on Ian and Mike.

February 2016: FBW bolsters onsite laboratory resource

Working in collaboration with one of its long-term clients FBW are pleased to announce that newcomer to the FBW team, Iria Nicholas, has completed the establishment of the laboratory at the Reliance Street MBT.

33-year-old Iria Nicolas has relocated from Spain to join the engineering consultancy as chemical engineer. She brings with her a wealth of experience having worked in various ISO/IEC17025 accredited laboratories in her research along with polymer manufacturing, natural/synthetic fertilisers and textile industries in her home country.

An MSc graduate from the University of A Coruna, Iria holds a great interest in chemical industry, laboratory and recycle processes – all key growth areas for FBW. She explained: “I am delighted to have secured this position and to be working with FBW. I have a genuine interest in engineering and the environment and am honoured to be in a position to use my skills to assist our broad range of clients.”

Iria has now fully established the laboratory and standardised the analytical procedures on the project, working with the client engineers and process team to monitor the site’s Anaerobic Digestion Plant and ancillary services. She continued: “I am thrilled with this role and feel I have reached a pivotal point where my various professional paths have converged.

“I also enjoy the true purpose that this role brings and the good that this research can do in creating solutions for waste and creating energy from it. Working with such a knowledgeable and diverse team at FBW puts us in a great position to serve the energy from waste industry in the future.”

Reflecting on the progress that Iria has made, managing director Martin Bleasdale said: “We have enjoyed a fantastic 12 months and I’m delighted we’ve been able to continue to create jobs for great people.

“We pride ourselves on our collective skills and experience and Iria has undoubtedly bolstered this with her chemical engineering expertise. She’s a valuable asset to our team.

January 2016: FBW reaches pivotal service milestone

FBW Engineering Services Ltd, the global provider of process, mechanical, electrical and ICA engineering services, has reached a pivotal milestone in its support services portfolio having completed its 1000th HAZOP study.

The provision of HAZOP and ALM services is one of FBW’s major support service areas, with the company having completed studies for clients in many industries in the UK, Ireland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world. Commercial Director Alan Forshaw explained: “This is a very important part of our business accounting for circa 10% of turnover. We’ve had some incredibly successful experiences working in new markets including several in the Middle East, the largest of which was a HAZOP and CHAZOP study for a complex $1.5Billion wastewater treatment facility in Qatar.”

The 1000th HAZOP study was completed during December, on behalf of one of our long standing clients. Managing Director Martin Bleasdale added: “HAZOP studies have become an integral feature in our service offering, our first having been completed almost twenty years ago on major projects such as the Shell Green MVSP in the mid 1990’s.

“Our USPs are our collective experience; we have trained several of our team to a high standard all of whom are experienced and capable of undertaking the roles of Chairmen and Secretaries in facilitation of HAZID, HAZOP, ALM, HAZREV, HAZCOMM and CHAZOP studies.”

With an impressive track record, FBW has many clients in the water, wastewater, waste recycling and waste to energy industries, including Costain, United Utilities, Balfour Beatty, J N Bentley, Tamar Energy, Keppel Seghers, Jacobs, Bilfinger and Montgomery Watson Harza, helping to deliver projects worldwide.

May 2015: FBW appoints two new directors

Mike Dawber and Ian Hampson

As it celebrates its twentieth year in business, Cheshire based FBW Engineering Services has today announced the expansion of its board of directors and a record turnover of £2 million.

Founding directors Alan Forshaw and Martin Bleasdale are now joined by longstanding employees Mike Dawber and Ian Hampson. The foursome will form a new senior management team which will help continue the expansion of the business as it works with more clients in the UK and overseas and builds on its milestone of £2million sales.

Speaking of the news, FBW managing director Martin Bleasdale said: “I am delighted to have reached this milestone, one which comes as we strengthen our leadership team.

“Mike and Ian have demonstrated their long term commitment and unwavering loyalty to FBW and have in recent years played a pivotal role in expanding our client base and we credit their involvement in our growth. It is for those – and many other reasons – that Alan and I decided to expand our board with them.”

Mechanical Engineering graduate Ian (43) joined FBW shortly after its inception working his way up from CAD technician to an experienced senior mechanical engineer. He will now undertake the role of technical director and said: “Throughout my career I have worked with Martin and Alan; I’ve watched them grow FBW into an international business and I am truly excited about the prospect of being involved at a senior level myself.”

Meanwhile newly appointed operations director Mike joined FBW fifteen years ago following the completion of his apprenticeship in electrical engineering. He added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Ian and I.

“In the past decade in particular, FBW has flourished, entering new sectors and working with clients in multiple global markets and I look forward to being a part of even more growth in the future.”  Mike will now be responsible for the management of the site based project teams and the safe, efficient delivery of construction projects, while Ian will manage and control FBW’s engineering outputs and technical governance within the company.

Mike and Ian form part of FBW which, since its inception, has generated 25 jobs for engineers in the North West region. A large part of the recruitment strategy has been to take on a number of apprentices and investing heavily in their training and development.

From humble beginnings in Warrington, the founders now operate from fully equipped premises in Golborne and have in recent years invested heavily in the addition of advanced technology and equipment. The company has more recently invested in training its team in 3D CAD and other emerging software systems such as BIM.

Reflecting on the sales and appointments, commercial director Alan Forshaw added: “It’s a cliché to say this, but the twenty years since we founded the business have flown by. We’ve continued to grow in that time because we’ve been able to adapt, change and keep abreast of the factors affecting our industry. It’s something which has helped us maintain our market position and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved.

“It was an obvious decision at this milestone to invite Mike and Ian to join us on the board. What makes this announcement all the more pleasing is the long association they both have with FBW and the fact that they are firmly embedded within the roots of the company.  To know that mine and Martin’s hard work will be preserved by two fantastic engineers is great news for us, our team and our clients.”

An impressive track record, FBW has many clients in the water, wastewater, waste recycling and waste to energy industries, including Costain, United Utilities, Balfour Beatty, J N Bentley, Tamar Energy and Montgomery Watson Harza, helping to deliver projects worldwide.


April 2015: FBW celebrates twentieth year with £2m turnover milestone

Alan Forshaw and Martin Bleasdale

Cheshire based FBW Engineering Services Ltd. is celebrating its twentieth year in business – news that coincides with an increase in turnover with sales exceeding £2 million.

Directors Martin Bleasdale and Alan Forshaw founded the business – which offers process, mechanical and electrical engineering and consultancy services – in 1995, growing it into an international practice serving clients in the UK, Europe, Middle East and the United States.

The pair has also created 25 jobs for engineers in the North West region, taking on a number of apprentices and investing heavily in their training and development.

Speaking of the news, managing director Martin Bleasdale said: “I am delighted that we have reached this significant financial milestone in our twentieth year of business. We have worked hard to create a sustainable and viable company, underpinned by steady growth and the careful assembly of a fantastic and expert team of engineers.”

From humble beginnings in Warrington, the founders now operate from fully equipped premises in Golborne and have in recent years invested heavily in the addition of advanced technology and equipment. The company has more recently invested in training its team in 3D CAD and other emerging software systems such as BIM.

Commercial director Alan Forshaw commented: “It’s a cliché to say this, but the twenty years since we founded the business have flown by. We’ve continued to grow in that time because we’ve been able to adapt, change and keep abreast of the factors affecting our industry. It’s something which has helped us maintain our market position and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved.”

An impressive track record, FBW has many clients in the water, wastewater, waste recycling and waste to energy industries, including Costain, United Utilities, Balfour Beatty, J N Bentley, Tamar Energy and Montgomery Watson Harza, helping to deliver projects worldwide.