A North East engineering consulting firm plans to expand and create new jobs after securing a Â£ 250,000 investment from the North East Growth Capital Fund backed by the European Regional Development Fund.
TGA Consulting Engineers designs mechanical and electrical services with particular expertise in the use of low carbon technologies and techniques to improve the environmental performance of buildings.
The Durham-based company, which is celebrating its 60e anniversary next year, was involved in projects such as Hexham Abbey, the British Museum and Durham Cathedral.
After working with fund management firm NEL Fund Managers to secure the investment through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan program, TGA is now looking to expand its presence in Yorkshire, the North West and the southeast.
Six new jobs were created by the company this year, bringing the total workforce to more than 40 people, with more jobs expected to follow in the coming months.
Part of the investment will be devoted to improving the company’s technological infrastructure, while new operational structures are put in place to support long-term succession planning.
The company will also continue to expand its services through a range of emerging specialist skills, including building performance and specialist lighting design.
Graeme Carr, Director of TGA, said: âThe use of energy in new and existing buildings is a real priority for everyone involved in the built environment. With more and more of our clients taking a net zero carbon approach with the climate emergency at the forefront of their minds, our work increasingly informs the broader architectural design of buildings to enable buildings to be constructed with it. the lowest possible carbon footprint. “
He added: “We are strengthening our ability to take on increasingly large projects across the UK, with recruiting in our North East offices a priority, and we are also developing our own staff to give them the basics. which they need to go on and acquire their professional qualifications, including through degree apprenticeship programs.
Jane Siddle, Director of Investments at NEL Fund Managers, added: âInvesting in low carbon companies is a key priority for the North East Fund and we are very happy to have another company with this type of focus. environment in our investor portfolio. “