A long-established Middlesbrough business continues to grow after evolving over the years.
Riverside Park-based HE Woolley, which was formed in 1924, is a leader in fire protection and security systems for both the commercial and domestic markets.
Its current owner-director Harry Wilmot is now exploring new markets for the business he purchased in 2000.
Since taking over the reins at HE Woolley, Wilmot bought Newton Aycliffe-based Gordon Scott in 2007, before buying Middlesbrough-based Impact Security a year later and North East Counties, of Grangetown, in 2012.
HE Woolley services more than 5,000 businesses from the Tyne down to the Humber, with the Tees Valley and County Durham regions being its heartland.
Wilmot has grown Woolley’s team from eight to 35, while turnover has steadily grown from £350,000 to £1.7m in the last 17 years.
“We’re very proud of the fact that we’ve always been a Middlesbrough company and we’re still going strong,” said Wilmot.
“The key to that has been having good staff and making sure our employees are given the opportunity to develop with the business.
“We’ve been servicing fire extinguishers for the last 93 years, and until 20 years ago that’s all we did. Fire extinguishers are what most people associate with HE Woolley and they still represent about 40% of the business.
“But since 2000 we’ve realised the fire extinguisher business is mature, so we’ve had to get into a variety of new markets. Fire protection now isn’t just about having fire extinguishers. It’s about having the correct balance of products and services in your building.
“A lot of businesses don’t realise that we cover the whole spectrum of fire protection and security.”
As well as providing and servicing fire extinguishers, fire alarms and cellar gas, CO2 and mixed gas cylinders, HE Woolley also provides a range of security measures including emergency lights, intruder alarms and CCTV systems as well as PAT Testing, fire training and fire risk assessments.