NES expands operations

2. Apprentices Tyler Whitty and Kyle Livingstone; Kirsty Bulloch, NES business development manager; Kenny Duncan, NES managing director; Keith Paterson, NES director and Drew Hendry MP

NES expands Scottish operations

Scottish electrical firm NES (North Electrical Services) Ltd is marking five years in business by planning a major expansion of its Scottish operations.

The company, which is based in Inverness and Elgin, has already more than quadrupled its permanent workforce to 60 since setting up in 2012.

It is now targeting another increase, to bring the staff up to 250 within the next five years and is also proposing a move into the central belt.

At the same time, the company expects turnover to rise from between £3m-£4m to around £12m-£15m.

NES had added four new recruits already this year – three admin staff and an estimator – as well as four new apprentice electricians.

Its experienced workforce includes electricians, project engineers, estimators and a full-time health and safety manager, a post normally found in much larger businesses.

NES managing director Kenny Duncan said: “There are still opportunities for us to grow in the North and North-east, but we also feel we can pursue other areas, like the central belt, and other sectors, such as energy and social housing.

“If it goes as we expect it to go over the next 4-5 years we will quadruple the existing workforce and seek new projects we feel we’re well suited to.

“However, we will continue to be heavily focused on apprentices and people development which has been very successful for us.”

NES’s progress has been praised by Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP Drew Hendry, who said: “NES is a great success story, growing from a small company to one with 60 employees and with ambitious plans to develop significantly in the next five years.”

NES’s workforce is presently around 100 with the addition of contract workers as it completes a major contract for Norbord, Inverness. It is also engaged in projects at Cauldeen School in Inverness; the new £100m Macallan distillery in Moray and at SGL Carbon Fibers Ltd in Ross-shire.