Arch Utility Service Team with UKSE Investment Executive Martin Palmer

An ambitious Welsh utility business is planning expansion across the South of the UK following loan support from UKSE.

Arch Utility Services of Porth has just opened a base in Plymouth, and is aiming to increase turnover to £3.5 million in three years, with around 20 new jobs created in that period.

“We plan to open more bases in Southern England and the Midlands as we increase our presence along the M4 and M5 corridors,” said managing director Damian Tranter.

Arch was the subject of a management buy out in 2019, and is now executing its business plan underpinned by a six-figure investment from Tata Steel subsidiary UKSE.

Tranter said Arch was growing rapidly, winning contracts with utility companies in the water and rail sectors, and local authorities in Wales and the South of England. 

The management team plans to grow the business organically and says it will also be on the lookout for strategic acquisition opportunities to accelerate expansion.

In addition to the standard civil engineering approach Arch employs high-tech solutions to repair and rehabilitate pipelines and waterways with minimum impact. “Clients are pleased with our environmentally-friendly, technology-driven approach which causes minimum disruption,” said Mr Tranter.

“We use remote repair techniques including robotics to maintain and repair culverts, drains and sewers, reducing the need to dig which can be expensive and disruptive. We work closely with our clients to develop and deliver unique solutions in order to extend the life of their asset while offering best value.”

The company also conducts environmental, construction, compliance and mapping CCTV surveys for a wide range of customers.

The loan funding from UKSE has supported investment in a range of additional equipment, including a third new tanker, adding to the scope of the services Arch can offer.

UKSE Investment Executive Martin Palmer said: “Arch has impressive plans for growth and has identified clear opportunities in the marketplace, building on existing relationships as well as forging new ones.

“The company has a robust business plan and an experienced team to put it into practice. It is encouraging that new jobs are to be created benefitting the local economy. We wish them every success.”

Turnover this year is set to break the £2m barrier, and the Business Plan predicts this increasing to £3.5 million by 2022, and staff levels rising from the present 33 to over 50.

Arch has an experienced team on board, including Sales Director Dave Lewis and Operations Managers Kevin Sadd and Leigh Thomas. Andy Aldred is in charge of the new Plymouth operation.

Training is vitally important. Staff have achieved the demanding NEBOSH standards in Health and Safety and also in Environment. “Training is a huge part of what we do, and we ensure skills and knowledge are always up to date,” added Tranter.

Ashleigh Smith
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