“It came as a bit of a surprise,” said managing director Charlie Farrow (36). “I only had confirmation that we would be in it two days before it was published.”
Business is booming to such an extent that Charlie has had to call on retired dad John (62) – the immediate-past managing director – to make a return to the shop floor to help clear the orders.
With Charlie’s sister Emma Corrigan one of the seven office staff, Welland Power still has a family feel to it 67 years after the siblings’ granddad Russell put the then Welland Engineering into gear.
From its base in Horseshoe Road, it progressed to Water Lane, then to Cranmore Lane in Holbeach.
Six years ago the former Turners Turkeys premises in Clay Lake provided the perfect platform for the business’s next significant step.
Investment in the factory and machinery has improved output and efficiency. Coupling that with a 50 per cent increase in the number of employees over the past three years has driven Welland Power to its enviable position today.
Charlie says the slick operation at Welland Business Park is a good selling point.
“We always used to visit customers,” he said. “Now they want to come and see us, and when they do they often leave having placed an order.”
The firm does much of its shopping locally – most of its engines are supplied by Perkins in Peterborough and alternators by Cummins in Stamford.
However, as far as sales are concerned, 95 per cent of its generators end up abroad in places such as schools and hospitals.
And given the current level of demand, who would bet against Welland Power featuring higher in the export sales league table next year.