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30 Up For WB Power Services

21 May 2014

A big congratulations to one of our Seasonal Executive Box holders, WB Power Services, who recently celebrated their 30th birthday in business.

The company celebrated with a ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard DeVere hotel in the Nottingham University grounds.

A fabulous weekend was enjoyed by all with several staff receiving awards for their long service and in his speech at the ceremony, Managing Director Andy Wilmott admitted that the current workforce is the best in the company’s history.

WB Power was set up in October 1984 on the back of the miners’ strike, a catalyst which set them on the road to where they are today, working as a Nottingham-based plant and engine company in the Nottinghamshire coalfields.

At the time of the miners’ strike, founder Ken Wilmott and his young family were trying to survive on basic hours pay with no overtime available. Ken, his wife Val and brother went about setting up Wilmott Brothers in the garage at the side of their house in Sandiacre, mainly working on contractors’ plant and factory maintenance. 

Due to recession in the mid-1980s, the company was forced to diversify into generator maintenance and industrial locomotive maintenance but this was not to bother Ken who had been trained as an apprentice at British Railways Toton diesel depot in Sandiacre.

The company moved to a 3000-square ft Nissan hut at the Midland Storage depot in West Hallam in 1986 but with continued expansion they relocated to the current site, a developed and bespoke workshop built in Ilkeston. With the demise of the coal industry the industrial locomotive market stalled and the company gradually extended into the world of power generation.

In 2003, WB Power decided to delve solely into the generator market, taking on a generator dealership for French organisation SDMO. As part of their dealings with SDMO, WB Power became the first company to be awarded the Gold dealership for their extensive and impressive partnership with one of the largest generator suppliers in the world.

Both of Ken’s sons, Andy and Chris, joined the company after leaving school but even at such a young age they were both well-experienced within the business. Now at the tender ages of 36 and 33, they have 30 years of experience and have been a huge part of the driving force that has seen the business expand six-fold within the last eight years.

WB Power recently opened a depot in Ossett near Leeds and are currently looking for a depot in the Slough area which should be completed within the next three months. Although a family business with Ken, his wife Val and two sons all playing a part, the company also employs Danny Buttar as a director and is also seeking to appoint another director next month.

The board has a mix of youth and experience which is key to drive the company forward in these exciting times of accelerating expansion and now employs over 75 staff who work nationwide designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining power solutions.

For more information on WB Power Services, please visit their website.

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