WES Announces Partnership with RSE

Basingstoke headquartered chemical dosing specialists WES Ltd today announced an equity investment by leading Scottish engineering group, RSE. Directors Kevin Wheeler and Bob Cook will remain with the business and look to realise the benefits of becoming part of a larger group with complementary skillsets.

WES Managing Director Kevin Wheeler welcomed the partnership as a timely support to WES’s growth ambitions. “Since forming WES 25 years ago, we have achieved sustained year-on-year growth. We are looking forward to continuing this journey with greater capacity and technical support from our new colleagues at RSE. As our customers seek out cost-effective and carbon-reducing solutions to their projects, we feel confident the products and innovations developed by RSE will only strengthen our offering to the market.”

RSE is an engineering group that specialises in Water Treatment & Clean Energy Solutions. Its 800+ staff – spread across ten locations – are skilled in the design, engineering and delivery of MEICA projects and services (MEICA: Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Controls & Automation). Like WES, RSE design and build chemical dosing systems as part of its offsite manufacturing offer to the UK water industry.

All of WES’s 50 staff are based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

RSE Managing Director, Allan Dallas, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome WES into the RSE group of businesses. We have been successful in the past year exporting our award-winning water treatment systems into the English market, with demand growing faster than we first expected. Our interest in acquiring WES is to extend the reach of our existing chemical dosing offering, and we are pleased to now have a highly capable engineering team based in the South.”

“WES have been innovative in developing products over the past years, and we believe these will complement our own products. Water companies have expressed an interest in our offsite manufacturing solutions in recent months, especially to address environmental challenges such as the removal of phosphorous from UK water supplies. We hope that customers will welcome this acquisition so that we can enhance the capacity of WES – who are market leaders in the southern geographies.”

Coronavirus – Service levels and our response *UPDATED*

Further to our previous update, we can confirm that WES has begun a phased and managed return to optimum capacity.

We have fully reviewed our facilities and working practices in line with the working guidelines published by the government and can confirm we are “Covid-secure” in this respect.

The following provides a summary of the current service levels across our activities/departments:

Head office

Working effectively with employees distributed between home & office working allowing good social distancing practice to prevail.  All desk-based employees observe strict new guidelines including a one-way system around the office, personal WES made hand sanitiser, regular surface disinfection, etc. Contact with individuals can be made as normal via the usual telephone and email routes. All home-based employees have video conferencing facilities via “Microsoft teams”.

Sales & Proposals

Operating as normal albeit home working.

Engineering & contracts

Operating as normal – partly home, partly office working.

Workshop & manufacture

Workshop activities have returned with about 50% of the previous resource level to allow safe distancing. Further increases in resources over the next few weeks are likely to be with varying shift working patterns to maintain working space.

Site activities

Working back near full capacity with strict working guidelines with each employee carrying a minimum coronavirus safety kit.

The company will continue to monitor the situation as circumstances evolve.  Further information will be provided & the Company is greatly appreciative of your understanding during this unprecedented period.

 

 

It’s All Hands to the Pump During Covid19

 

During these challenging times, WES Ltd, has been doing its bit to help support local charities by manufacturing and delivering hand sanitiser to them. The first batch was delivered to Basingstoke Voluntary Action this week and has been well received by the staff there.

Focused on developing and supporting the voluntary sector in and around the borough of Basingstoke and Deane, Basingstoke Voluntary Action will be using the hand sanitiser in its vital work to help support vulnerable residents across the district.   

Producing hand sanitiser to help support local charities was the brainchild of WES’ managing director, Kevin Wheeler. Despite WES still continuing to provide industries across the country with essential dosing equipment at this timeKevin rolled up his sleevesand devised a plan to adapt existing skills and equipment to manufacture and bottle hand sanitiser. He comments: “During this time, it is important that we all do what we can to help fight this disease. The hand sanitiser idea came about because chemical handling and metering accurate quantities is what we do and so it seemed obvious to use the skills we have across departments to produce something we were unable to purchase. Initially, it was intended for our own key worker employees, but we quickly realised that we could share it out to other deserving causes. It has been well received by the team at Basingstoke Voluntary Action and we are aiming to deliver more in the coming weeks” 

Coronavirus – Service levels and our response

During this unprecedented period, the company is committed to providing an optimum level of service whilst complying with public health guidelines and ensuring the welfare of our employees.

The following provides a summary of the current service levels across our activities/departments:

Head office

Open and manned by a skeleton team – desk-based employees digitally connected to the IT and telephone systems and working from home. Contact with individuals can be made as normal via the usual telephone and email routes. All home-based employees have video conferencing facilities via “Microsoft teams”.

Sales & Proposals

Operating as normal albeit home working.

Engineering & contracts

Operating as normal – partly home, partly office working.

Workshop & manufacture

Workshop activities were suspended on Tuesday 24th March until 4th May. A skeleton crew remains for deliveries and urgent essential activities. This will be reviewed week commencing 4th May.

Site activities

Operating with a reduced team prioritising “essential” work. This is under constant review as we react to changing customer needs and site access restrictions.

The company will continue to monitor the situation as circumstances evolve.  Further information will be provided & the Company is greatly appreciative of your understanding during this unprecedented period.

WES Ltd appoints new Sales and Marketing Director

WES is delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Ward as Sales and Marketing Director. Graham’s extensive experience includes a number of senior roles working for various SMEs and large organisations in the water, power generation, petrochemical, marine and food & beverage industries.

As a qualified marine engineer, Graham has established his career in Sales and Business Development both in UK and overseas markets, with a strong emphasis on water and gas treatment, as well as fluid handling. With his vast experience and knowledge, Graham is key to the ongoing success WES has seen over the last four years

WES has achieved a fourth consecutive year of growth. In line with its formal business plan, the company’s continued success into 2020 will span several key areas of the business such as its Chemical Dosing Systems and Projects; Chemical Dosing Products; Servicing and Installation; and Equipment Hire. Now with a focus on the next AMP period, there is a real opportunity to increase our customer base nationally to provide chemical dosing systems to a growing number of clients and projects. 

Graham says: “WES is in a fantastic position to witness another year of strong growth which will include raising awareness of WES’s planned preventative maintenance proposition. I am delighted to be part of the team to help make this a reality. What I love about WES is that the business is laser-focussed on long-term growth yet focuses on what they excel at – the manufacture, rental and maintenance of highquality chemical dosing systems.” 

Kevin Wheeler, Managing Director says: Graham has the right skills and experience to deliver further growth as we gear up to support customers in AMP7 and maximise opportunities throughout industry. We’re delighted to have him on board!