Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Small Player Takes to Big Stage; an Ambitious Stockton SME Is Destroying the Myth That Bigger Is Best

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Small Player Takes to Big Stage; an Ambitious Stockton SME Is Destroying the Myth That Bigger Is Best

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IN a quiet corner of Stockton, a small company is thinking big.

Wells Integrated Cabling Systems (WICS) has won work from major blue-chips including Siemens VDO, Arriva and Marconi and installed control technology on real-time public information systems for more than 25 local transport authorities.

It's hard to believe that the company was only established in 2002 but as founder Garry Wells acknowledges, seven years is a long time in business.

"We've made great strides in the last few years but there'll be no letting up now," he says. "Companies that stand still tend to go backwards - and that's not going to happens to us." Certainly, nobody could accuse WICS - or Garry - of treading water.

The company has not only secured a pounds 2.5m deal to develop information systems for US bus networks in Portland, Oregon and New York, it has also landed a contract to upgrade IT networks at four Morrisons sites across the UK.

If the supermarket giant decides to roll out the upgrade across its 383 stores, WICS stands to win up to pounds 8m of new business.

And Garry claims there's plenty of scope to help other firms revamp their communication networks - especially in an age where under-pressure bosses are striving to steal a march over their competitors.

" still tend backwards not going us."

"We can plan and design a structured cabling system that will allow clients to cost-effectively plan, install, and manage the complex cable and fibre infrastructure required by today's networks," he says. "The beauty of our business is that we can help companies in virtually any sector." WICS has transformed from fledgling start-up to an internationally recognised market-leader in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of real-time public information systems.

It has also branched into electrical services, covering all aspects of property maintenance including the testing and inspection of gas and electrical appliances.

The work has been flooding in since WICS was awarded approved electrical contractor staus by NICEIC, the voluntary regulatory body for electrical installation safety matters throughout the UK. …

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