Accreditation in the pipeline as engineering start-up expands

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 Apr 2019

ENGINEERING start-up Pipesco is powering up, winning piping and structural design work in the area’s heavy industry cluster and bolstering numbers accordingly.

The Stallingborough-based company, headed up by Duncan Wheeler and Allan Pashley, launched late last year.

It has already secured work with sector-leading Phillips 66 at South Killingholme’s Humber Refinery, and welcomed a health, safety and environment lead along with a quality and compliance manager and an additional 3D piping designer.

Managing director Mr Wheeler, said: “We are an expanding, growing and developing business, and as such we’re now taking on new people.

“We have had numerous successful tests and trials with companies and are now entering in to more longer term contracts.

“We are looking at attracting site representatives now, with a view to at the end of quarter two initiating fabrication, then - potentially - site services and installation.”

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Phil Merrison has taken the HSE lead role, and is described as a great ambassador for the company, bringing a wealth of experience and professionalism with a strong focus on wellbeing and mental health. Coupled with Steve Richardson, the quality and compliance manager, both were targeted by Mr Wheeler as they bring a level of professionalism and skills that further enhance Pipesco’s HSEQ ethos.

“We are working towards UKAS accredited ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 and have the ConCom audit at the end of the month,” Mr Wheeler enthused, referencing the client/contractor certification offered by neighbouring Catch.

“We have already been pre-qualified so we are hoping we will be successful.”

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The link may not end there either, with apprentices being looked at ahead of a possible summer intake.

Taking stock of the first six months at the well-invested premises on Kiln Lane Industrial Estate base, Mr Wheeler said: “We are pleased with our first half year. We set ourselves some ambitious goals and are on target to exceed them.

“A core value of Pipesco is to do what we say and we firmly believe that we have an excellent service to offer. Phillips 66 was a client we focused on, and they seem really pleased with the way things are going. We are delivering them a cost-effective and innovative business solution”.

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