With Utility Installation Projects (UIP) having recently secured two new fibre optic contracts, the specialist provider of out-sourced engineering services has been on the recruitment trail to support its increasing workload.
“Following something of a quiet spell we’re currently ramping up our level of recruitment, as we need more office staff and more operatives to underpin the growth and to ensure our standards are maintained,” explains Cliff Clackson, Managing Director. “At the moment we’re at around the 25-employee-mark but we’ll be going quite a bit higher than that shortly. The latest contract wins involve fibre optic elements and as they’ll be ongoing we’re strengthening the team accordingly.”
Mainly focusing on the power, both distribution and transmission; telecoms and water industry sectors, UIP has built a strong track record for reliability, safety, quality and providing value for money since its establishment in 2002. With its head office situated in the heart of East Anglia, the company’s management team has many years of experience in the delivery of complex, high profile and multi-utility projects across a wide range of utilities and civil engineering activities. Thanks to its experience it is able to deploy its highly mobile workforce across the UK as well as overseas at short notice.
UIP’s excellent health, safety and environmental management performance is indicative of the commitment shown by the management team to strive for continuous improvement. It is registered with the Achilles UVDB Verify scheme and holds ISO 9001:2008 certification.
“Predominantly our main focus has been working for DNOs such as UK Power, as well as companies like Balfour Beatty and Carillion. We’ve therefore carried out a substantial amount of high voltage cabling, which is our speciality, whilst we can also tackle civils and foundation works. We are currently branching out into plant hire because we have a suitably-sized fleet of excavators, dumpers and various specialist cabling equipment. We’ve got a really good relationship with Robert Owen Ltd, which specialises in Takeuchi machinery, and we recently exhibited one of its excavators at the Suffolk Show for the first time ever to help promote the plant hire venture further.”
“We are currently branching out into plant hire because we have a suitably-sized fleet of excavators, dumpers and various specialist cabling equipment. We’ve got a really good relationship with Robert Owen Ltd, which specialises in Takeuchi machinery, and we recently exhibited one of its excavators at the Suffolk Show for the first time ever to help promote the plant hire venture further.”
Cliff Clackson, Managing Director
This forward-thinking approach has been a key factor behind UIP’s longevity, as has its inherent flexibility as a company. “We’re very sound financially so we’re not beholden to the banks, which allows us to take the direction that we feel is right for the business,” says Mr Clackson. “Being a family business means we’re much more able to adapt to changing market conditions, while maintaining our focus on quality at all times. Owning our own plant and van fleet also allows us to keep much tighter control over the operation as we don’t have to rely on third parties.”
Flush from its latest contract wins, UIP is looking to further capitalise on its substantial experience and well-developed infrastructure to build on the growing opportunities it is seeing within the marketplace, particularly within the fibre optic and electric sectors, although this does involve its own challenges. “One of the biggest hurdles with the electric works has been the way contractor procurement has changed with the increased emphasis on selecting management teams, which requires more resources. This another incentive for us to diversify, to further utilise our strong plant base and the flexibility it provides. We’ve certainly got the infrastructure in place, so for the next 12 months the main aim is to get the plant hire side moving, while we’re also looking to develop the business more on the civils ground work, particularly ground maintenance and ground care, and fibre optic areas. By delivering quality work in these sectors we’ll hopefully be able to generate follow-up projects across the country, adding further to our staff numbers as we do so.
With its previous track record, coupled with its strong infrastructure and growing workforce, UIP looks well set to continue building its reputation within the various sectors in which it operates.