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Award sponsors meet victorious Excitation & Engineering Services

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

Jackie Simpson from RBF with pupils from Meadows Special School
Front row, Martyn Richardson, left, presents the award to Excitation Engineering Services MD Douglas Cope. Back row, from left, Kachie Akpotohwo, Farah Robrigado, Luca Tantimonaco, and Vanessa Hockin of Excitation Engineering Services with Joe Robinson of RCL.

A prize-winning West Midlands team of electrical engineers have revealed a recruitment drive during a visit from award sponsors the Richardson family.

Excitation & Engineering Services were crowned Business of the Year by the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) at its first online awards ceremony.

And, during a visit from award sponsors the Richardson family, Excitation revealed it is recruiting two more graduates to its team and has issued an open invitation to experienced electrical engineers.

Martyn Richardson, accompanied by Joe Robinson from RCL, advisers to the Richardson family, met the Excitation team at their Tamworth headquarters to congratulate the firm on its award win.

Martyn Richardson said,

“Excitation & Engineering Services is one of the hidden gems of British business. Their skills and technical know-how are in huge demand both at home and abroad.
“This is a hugely impressive business and a worthy winner of the Chamber’s Business of the Year prize.”
Douglas Cope, left, MD of Excitation Engineering Services, presented with his award by Martyn Richardson
Douglas Cope, left, MD of Excitation Engineering Services, presented with his award by Martyn Richardson

The 15-strong team has projects under way across the UK as well as in the Netherlands, Australia and Saudi Arabia. “We would normally be out there working on the commissioning stage,” said company founder Douglas Cope, “Unfortunately, with Covid, we can’t travel. But it does mean we have been developing a string of new projects in the meantime,”

The company works on power generation and control systems for many of the world’s major energy suppliers, as well as defence work. As well as overseas work, which can account for up to 70 per cent of its workload in a year, Excitation & Engineering Services are engaged on work up and down the UK, from Scottish Hydro in the north to Hinkley Point B nuclear power station in Somerset.

As well as the main Chamber award, Excitation & Engineering Services – based on the Amber Business Village in Tamworth - also won the International Business category, sponsored by the Andalucia Tourism Board because of its export performance.

As the company expands its design and manufacturing work, and its overseas projects, it has recruited a former graduate intern, Kachi Akpotohwo from Nigeria, and is taking on a second graduate in the coming months, as well as taking on another intern.

Vanessa Hockin, the firm’s office manager, added:

“At the same time we are constantly looking for experienced electrical engineers.”

Meanwhile the Richardson family continues its own drive to expand its investment portfolio. Joe Robinson from RCL said:

“Any owners wanting to grow their business and looking for investment should get in touch with us through our website,”


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