WES Announces Partnership with RSE

July 23, 2020

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.”

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Les Bunce

Hire Business Manager

Les Bunce is Hire Business Manager. He leads the WES Hire Business responsible for managing the supply of our Temporary Chemical Dosing hire fleet on both a planned and emergency basis. Les has over 25 years’ experience in the hire industry and fully understands our customers’ hire requirements.

Patrick Fisher

Capital Projects Director

Patrick Fisher is Capital Projects Director. He leads the business stream responsible for project management, design, engineering, manufacture and delivery of “Capital project” chemical dosing systems. A degree qualified engineer with over 10 years’ experience working in fluid delivery solutions to the water, general industrial, petrochemical, and food & beverage industries.

Bob Cook

Senior Proposals Manager

Bob Cook is Senior Proposals Manager. After completing a traditional engineering apprenticeship at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Bob was one of the original partners who started the business in 1986. In addition to board activities, Bob now applies his considerable experience to developing proposals & solutions to meet customer requirements.

Ian Price

Dosing Products Business Manager

Ian Price is WES Dosing Products Business Manager, leading the business stream responsible for delivering a wide range of standardised chemical dosing packages, ad-hoc dosing needs and ‘off the shelf’ dosing products & solutions. A mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in fluid handling solutions into the water, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage markets.

Jamie Cole

Operations Director

Jamie Cole is Operations Director. Jamie joined the business in 2018 from a career in delivery of services to the property and utilities sectors. Jamie is responsible for the management of all external operations and activities of the business including installation, service, hire & warranty.

Graham Ward

Business Development Director

Graham Ward is Sales and Marketing Director. His 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 and is responsible for the business development, marketing and sales of systems, products and services across WES.

Carl Millington

Non-Exec Director

Carl joined WES as Non-Exec chairman following an appointment via the Business Growth Service to assist the business with growth strategy. A highly experienced Business Mentor, Coach, Managing Director & Non-Exec Chairman, having led product, manufacturing, contracting and service provider businesses for nearly 30 years. A strong track record of market, sales and profit growth within a diverse range of sectors.

Core competencies include business growth strategies, board & business leadership, strategic planning, sales & marketing management, P&L & balance sheet management, acquisitions, divestments, outsourcing, TUPE transfer, mentoring & coaching.

Kevin Wheeler

Managing Director

Kevin Wheeler is Managing Director. Kevin trained as an Engineer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment and joined the business in 1989. Kevin now leads the Board of Directors setting strategy and defining priorities to meet the business objectives & growth aspirations whilst adding experience to technical issues where required.