Engineering reliability and technology company, SPS International (UK) Ltd. has opened a UK head office at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Warwick Innovation Centre to support its continuing development.
United States-based Strategic Power Systems, Inc.® (SPS®) has been providing support to the energy industry since 1987 and established the UK operation in 2008, initially with the aim of catering to existing clients in Europe. But, under the stewardship of director Jon Willis, the firm has grown to take responsibility for all business outside of the Americas. SPS International (UK) Ltd. has now moved into a permanent base in Warwick in order to be on hand to cater to a major client while being well placed to support further growth and the recruitment of skilled workers.
“We provide engineering reliability services to the power generation and oil and gas industries and have moved to Warwick to support one of our main clients, Industrial Turbine Company (UK) Limited (formerly a Rolls-Royce company) whilst also looking to expand the office,” said Willis. “We now have three permanent staff in Warwick who are responsible for supporting our clients’ equipment all over the world from a reliability and availability perspective. “We also work with E.ON, who are based nearby, and as a consequence, believed that Warwick would be a great location to support our growth.
“Soon after we started the UK operation the financial crisis hit and along with the uncertainty around the energy market, things didn’t move as quickly as we would have liked to begin with, but now we are heading in the right direction and we have got some very high-calibre staff in the fields of engineering and IT. “We were attracted to the University of Warwick Science Park’s site as it is a true technology park, and has strong links to the university, which can be very useful in terms of the future recruitment of skilled staff – we have already been in touch with the careers centre at the University.”
“The park offers room for manoeuvre in line with growth and expansion so we are excited about our future here.” Karen Aston, centre manager at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Warwick Innovation Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome a firm of SPS International UK’s stature to the park and look forward to supporting their continued development. “Warwick is ideally located for firms working towards growth, with fantastic transport links, and numerous global firms and potential clients nearby. “Our links with the university and a flexibility to meet client companies’ needs, also allow us to meet the needs of developing businesses.”