Nala Engineers electrical contractors bounce back from pandemic

A family-owned electrical contractor is looking forward to a year of growth and jobs after recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

Nala Engineers in Seaham, County Dirham was forced to put staff on leave when the UK was plunged into the first nationwide lockdown in March last year.

The company, which employs a team of over 20, has seen many contracts it was working on or about to start suspended with employers in the retail and construction sectors – Nala’s main markets. – forced to stop its activities. But despite the current nationwide lockdown, the company is back in a healthy position and is looking ahead to a positive 2021.

Director Nicola Duke said: “There is no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult year for us, as it has for many companies, and we have had to put staff on leave. Fortunately, we were able to access our bank’s support and were also able to obtain grants, which gave us confidence in our financial situation for the future.

“Although the unstable economic climate forced us to modify our forecast for activity, we ended the year on a high note and now, although we remain in a third national lockdown, we have been able to continue working and we are waiting. looking forward to a bright future.

“We are now looking to the future and are convinced that the forecasts we put in place at the start of 2020 are once again achievable. This includes continuing to invest in our apprenticeship program, which has already seen four apprentices join the company, one of whom is now fully qualified, and expanding our portfolio of clients. “

Nala Engineers was founded by Pat and David Pollard in 1979 and now counts Aldi, Caterpillar, Wickes, Gateshead Housing and Matalan among its customers.

Ms Duke added, “There seems to be real trust within the regional business community and I think many employers now accept that this is the way we work.

“As construction can continue and companies are now set up to work in complete safety and at a social distance, this has given companies a renewed conviction that we will get through this international health crisis and by working together we will emerge stronger. . “

Patricia D. Rutt