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WHP Engineering

WHP is an engineering company based in Gateshead, and specialises in the provision of cleanrooms and laboratories for the pharmaceutical, biotech and industrial sectors, both in the UK and internationally.

It offers project management, design, construction, validation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance with a safety-first approach – in September it achieved a five-star rating The British Safety Council’s Occupational Health and Safety Audit.

Founded in 2006, as of the end of 2018 it counts a 140-strong team (a combination of employees and contract staff), and has worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including the likes of BASF Pharma, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, GSK and Rolls Royce Marine Power Operations.

In 2016 the business was secured investment from Enact, and following the appointment of CEO Ian Lichfield, the business has grown significantly, increasing turnover, sales orders, expanding into new markets and securing larger scale projects.

WHP Engineering - MTA 2019 National Winner Winner - BVCA National Management Team Awards 2019

Private equity impact

  • DELIVERING A 58% INCREASE IN ANNUAL TURNOVER

  • SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER AND VALUE OF SECURED SALES ORDERS, SECURING CONTINUED GROWTH FOR 2019

  • ONGOING STRENGTHENING OF THE TEAM WITH INVESTMENT IN BUSINESS-CRITICAL ROLES PROVIDING THE PLATFORM FOR FURTHER PROFITABLE GROWTH

  • RETENTION OF EXISTING KEY CUSTOMERS WITH REPEAT BUSINESS

  • GROWTH IN NEW MARKETS RESULTING FROM RENEWED FOCUS AND INVESTMENT

Achievements

WINNER OF THE BVCA MANAGEMENT TEAM AWARDS 2019

  • BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR – YORKSHIRE & NORTH EAST

  • GROWTH MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR – YORKSHIRE & NORTH EAST



Location
Gateshead

Backers 
Enact (an Endless Managed Fund): 2016 - present


Achievements