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Intek Electrical Engineering eyes growth after UKSE support

An electrical engineering firm helping deliver the UK’s new high-speed rail link says it is on track for further success after recruiting its first-ever apprentice following financial support.

Intek Electrical Engineering has welcomed 17-year-old Cooper Knowles.

The company – founded a little more than a year ago – says the teenager will help maintain its market momentum, which has seen it win “substantial” UK contracts, including work to deliver HS2.

And the business – which has also taken on engineer Chris Moore – has now received a five-figure investment from UKSE, the Tata Steel business support subsidiary, to fuel further growth.

Based in UKSE’s Innovation Centre, on Redcar’s Kirkleatham Business Park, Intek provides services including the design, manufacture and installation of low and high-voltage cabling for emergency lighting and alarm systems.

Iain Wilson, managing director, said: “The UKSE investment is helping us take advantage of growing demand and expand our team of specialist engineers.

“UKSE’s support has been outstanding and has also helped us create our first apprenticeship, which is something we want to provide for young people on Teesside.

“We are looking to provide the services that are in demand, and are confident our team will continue to grow throughout 2022.”

Peter Taylor, UKSE business development manager, added: “Intek is a sound business, which has very quickly established a strong line of contracts.

“We are confident the business has real growth potential, and are pleased we could provide an unsecured loan to help it grow in these early stages and create jobs for the area.”