Fire service contract sparks jobs boost for engineering firm

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A family-run mechanical, electrical and water management services company has announced plans to create five new jobs after securing a fixed-term contract with Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Stockton-based JH Mechanical, run by husband-and-wife team John and Heather Heward, will undertake the mechanical and electrical maintenance of all the brigade’s buildings and estates for the next five years.

The new jobs will also include the creation of one apprenticeship position, which is being funded through the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s New Employer Grant for Apprenticeships programme.

The initiative was launched to support the creation of apprenticeship opportunities across Tees Valley and funds 100 per cent of employment costs for the first six months of the apprenticeship, and a further 50 per cent of employment costs for up to two years.

JH managing director John Heward said: “This contract is significant for us, not only in terms of value and length but also because it is supporting the creation of five new jobs and safeguarding the futures of our existing workforce.

“Winning this contract at a time when the country is still on the road to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is also testament to the hard work put in by our committed staff, who have worked tirelessly over the lockdown period to help keep schools, universities and other essential public buildings open and operational.”

JH Mechanical was launched by John six years ago and counts the likes of the Ministry of Defence, Teesside University, the Northern Education Trust, Newcastle University, and several housing associations across the North East among its client base.

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “It is fantastic to see local businesses like JH Mechanical investing in young talent, especially given the need for us all to work together towards economic recovery.”

JH Mechanical was also successful in securing funds from the Covid Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), which has enabled the company to continue to grow during the uncertain months of the coronavirus pandemic.

• Pictured above (left to right): Tees mayor Ben Houchen, JH Mechanical FD Heather Heward, MD John Heward and Dave Hawkins from FW Capital.