L-R Cllr Harry Trueman, Sunderland City Council and Grahame Turner of FEG.
An engineering consultancy is creating jobs and targeting national opportunities after investing in a new Sunderland base.
FEG Ltd provides design and build, project management and consultancy services. It has grown rapidly in recent years into a £1m-plus turnover per year business, with customers in a wide range of industries including food & drink, energy, oil & gas and chemicals.
The company recently expanded into a site on Tower Road, Washington, which is 7.5 times bigger than its previous home on Gateshead’s Team Valley Trading Estate.
With refurbishment work now complete, the business is looking to employ more engineers and develop its graduates as part of the expansion.
Currently, the food and nuclear sectors are FEG’s two biggest markets, with air pollution control services also in high demand across all business sectors. The firm also helps clients to comply with the recently-introduced construction (design and management) regulations (CDM) 2015.
The company is planning to increase its presence in the pharmaceutical, paper and automotive industries in the next year, while growing in its more established markets. It is also targeting larger “turnkey projects” - those that bring various elements under one contract.
Sunderland City Council’s business investment team provided advice and support to FEG for its move to Washington.
Managing director Chris Williams said: “The investment in our new offices, continual training of our skilled staff and our accreditations, including the ISO9001: 2015 quality standard, ensure we have set the foundations for growth. Sunderland’s business investment team has been a great help to us during our move, and since.”
Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “FEG is an innovative firm with a bright future. It is also the latest in a long line of ambitious businesses to join the knowledge economy that is currently flourishing in Sunderland and its surrounding areas. We look forward to supporting it further as it continues to grow.”
In 2004 Chris Williams founded FEG after working for almost 10 years for air filtration manufacturer AAF in Cramlington. It quickly grew from a one-man consultancy into a company with in-house expertise in several fields and was renamed FEG (or Fireant Engineering Group) in 2012.