One of Middlesbrough’s business success stories of the past decade, the Intelect Group, was given a glowing tribute by the Mayor, Ray Mallon, as he officially opened the latest phase of the company’s Riverside Park headquarters.
As he addressed Directors, guests and staff after opening Edison House, Intelect’s third workshop and office complex, the Mayor praised the company for its dynamic approach, its ambition and its commitment to apprenticeships.
The Intelect Group consists of four companies providing a range of specialist electrical and mechanical engineering and machine services to major projects throughout the United Kingdom. In the past year, the workforce has risen by more than 30 to around 160 and placements have been created for more than 20 apprentices.
Mr Mallon, who also opened Intelect’s phase 2, Whitworth House, just over a year ago, said: “During the past year, Intelect has gone from strength to strength, even though we are experiencing a period of uncertainty generally in our country’s economic climate.
“However, even though we are faced with issues over inflation, oil prices and the Eurozone, it does not mean that our economic climate has to be paralysed. Companies that have the right ethos, the right ideas, are still forging ahead and Intelect is one of those organisations.
“Here, we have a company with a strong work ethos. They are ambitious and have a well educated, skilled workforce. Their apprentices are their future. Intelect is setting the example to other companies, an example I would advise them to follow”.
Intelect’s Managing Director, Mr Fran Cormican, said: “The Group is committed to its long-term investment programme to provide state-of-the-art premises, the latest technology and equipment and the best possible training for our team.
“Edison House is the third unit to be completed on our site at Riverside Park and will house our control panel work workshop. As this activity is transferred it will free up space in our other two units to enable us to keep pace with the demands of a very healthy order book”.
He also paid tribute to the company’s bankers, NatWest, and to One North East in helping to make Intelect a successful, Middlesbrough-based business.