NOT ONE BUT TWO CHAINS OF OFFICE AT SVI HQ OPENING CEREMONY
Chris Murray, President of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, officially opened Steve Vick International’s new headquarters in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.
Around 30 guests joined Steve Vick, the Directors, staff and the Mayor of Bradford-on-Avon, Mr John Potter as Chris Murray cut the ribbon marking the company’s move to purpose-designed premises in the historic Wiltshire town.
Guests included representatives from many of the Gas Distribution Networks as well as senior staff members from water and electricity utilities. Also enjoying the occasion were longstanding customers and agents of Steve Vick International from the UK, Ireland, Denmark and The Netherlands.
In his address, Chris said ‘I am delighted to have been invited to perform the official opening of the new Steve Vick International premises and consider it a real privilege to have been invited to do so.
‘Change is always difficult’, he continued, ‘ and, having been there for so long, I am sure that there are many things that will be missed about the Bath location, at least for a little while but …….. what a fantastic reason to have to change! While many other businesses have struggled to survive through the recession, SVI has continued to grow, not just in their core business of gas but in so many others industries ranging from water right through to nuclear decommissioning.’
‘This growth is something that everyone in the company should rightly be very proud of and I am sure the new premises will be pivotal in enabling further growth.’
Chris added ‘From an IGEM perspective I am extremely grateful for the support that SVI provides to the Institution and, during my year as President, I have been delighted by the number of events that I have attended where SVI has had a presence.’
The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a brief presentation by Company Chairman, Steve Vick, who said, ‘After 33 years, starting as a husband and wife team, the company continues to retain its family feel but now in a new home of which we are all very proud’.
‘From the outset’ continued Steve, ‘we have always listened to our customers’ problems at ground roots level and worked with them to find solutions. This enduring strength coupled with our new facilities here in Bradford-on-Avon will enable us to adapt and grow in the decades to come.’
Joint Managing and Financial Director, Tony Day then entertained the visitors with a film of how the new premises had been transformed from a rather run-down industrial unit into a state-of-the-art facility. Crock Harrison, Joint Managing Director, and Operations Director Sean Noonan showed guests around the site including the production area, engineering, pipe coil trailer and pipe handling departments, product development and the sewing room.
After refreshments, the group of around 40 people headed on foot to the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal where they boarded the John Rennie canal boat for what was described as a most enjoyable cruise to Bath with dinner on board.