Steve Vick International (SVI) was founded in 1981 by the current chairman, Steve Vick, who saw an opportunity to develop ways of safely sealing off gas mains and services using expanding resin foams under ‘live’ conditions.
The company was initially a husband and wife team, with Steve and Angela working together from their home in Norton St Phillip, Somerset.
It was during these early days that SVI pioneered Live Mains Insertion; an innovative cast iron mains replacement technique that ensures customers gas supply is uninterrupted throughout the insertion process.
In 1984, British Gas granted the company a license to market Live Mains Insertion techniques worldwide. As a result the business thrived and in 1989 moved to larger premises in Bath.
Many of the signature technologies developed by SVI have been found to be transferrable, this has allowed SVI to grow and develop not only in the gas distribution sector but within nuclear decommissioning, the water industry and contract services.
This additional growth resulted in a move to purpose built premises in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, in 2014.
Chris Murray MBE, President of IGEM, cuts the ribbon officially opening the new headquarters in Bradford on Avon. On the left is Mr John Potter, Mayor of Bradford on Avon and on the right, Steve Vick, founder and Chairman of the company.
The company continues to supply all the UK Gas Distributions Networks and works collaboratively in developing new techniques and hardware for the trenchless repair and replacement of its ageing underground pipes.
In addition SVI are progressing their export business with international customers including; Australia, America and The Netherlands.
Over the years the company has won numerous accolades within these industries, most recently;
- ‘2015 Company of the Year’ at The Gas Industry Awards
- ‘Best application of an innovative solution(s) with tangible savings/benefits – SME’ at the 2014 Nuclear Decommission Association Supply Chain Awards
- The joint London Southern IGEM and PIG Lion’s Lair Award for an innovative new advancement developed with Wales and West Utilities.
Steve Vick International is now a medium sized company but family values remain at the heart of the business.