£300,000 boost to send Orbital overseas

£300,000 boost to send Orbital overseas

A Staffordshire firm, which provides specialist equipment for the gas industry, is set for international expansion after receiving £300,000 funding from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s Jobs and Growth Fund.

As a result, Orbital has been able to make a £3m investment in state-of-the-art new premises at its Cold Meece headquarters, which it plans to use as a springboard for further global growth.

Founded in 1984, Orbital manufactures a range of metering, analysis and safety systems for the oil and gas industry.

“Virtually everybody in the UK who uses gas will interface with Orbital products but very few of them have heard of us, even though we have build a reputation within the oil and gas industry as the go-to company to help solve their problems,” said Orbital managing director Richard Law.  

“But that low profile is about to change – we have a good news story to tell. We have set ambitious but realistic growth targets and are aiming to become a household name and a truly international business over the coming years.”

Mr Law said Growth Fund assistance had enabled the firm, which currently employs 130 people, to develop new research and development and training facilities and include a mezzanine floor in the new building to accommodate future expansion.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: “Orbital’s success shows what a great place Staffordshire is to do business.

“We are delighted to see Orbital making its mark as a leading business both in the UK and, increasingly, at an international level.”

“We are very proud of our Staffordshire roots and of being part of the local community,” Mr Law added.

“We have a commitment to trade locally so that as we grow we will see other local companies grow with us – and that will benefit our region more generally.”

 

 

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