North-east electrical and security specialist targets further growth with new office move

Stuart Munro (left) and Jim Middleton, directors of i-Protech
Stuart Munro (left) and Jim Middleton, directors of i-Protech

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An electrical and security services provider has moved to new office premises with the announcement of several significant contract awards in the past few months.

Based at the Thainstone Business Centre, near Inverurie, i-Protech has secured new deals, worth a combined £150,000, to provide a range of innovative technology solutions to respected businesses across the north-east including House of Elrick Gin, Nicol of Skene and Annie Kenyon Developments.

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Led by directors Stuart Munro and Jim Middleton, i-Protech was established in October 2015. Over that period, the business has diversified into new sectors and regions to deliver projects for national chains and other large private and public sector organisations.

The business currently employs eight people and expects to recruit further personnel this year – having already added two staff in the past six months.

Stuart Munro said: “We have received an increasing number of new enquiries based on our expertise and ability to provide a one-stop shop for all electrical, fire and security services which has opened up larger and increasingly complex scopes of commercial work across the country.

“As the team continues to grow, we are looking to further enhance our range of technical capabilities in areas such as data security and electrical equipment in potentially hazardous or explosive atmospheres.”

House of Elrick Gin first approached the company to provide a comprehensive range of electrical, fire, security, intruder, data and structured cabling and installation of explosion protected (Ex) electrical equipment at its artisan distillery located near Newmachar.

Founder Stuart Ingram appeared on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den programme earlier this year where he was offered funding for his business expansion plans, before later declining the opportunity to proceed with an alternative crowdfunding initiative instead.

Stuart Ingram commented: “The plans to expand the existing House of Elrick distillery and surrounding area are progressing extremely quickly and, therefore, it was vital that we engaged with a trusted partner who could deliver the entire job scope quickly, effectively and with minimum hassle.

“I was personally delighted with the service we received from the team at i-Protech, who really went above and beyond to provide a comprehensive solution that will meet both our current requirements and as we grow in the future.”

i-Protech has also completed extensive CCTV installation for Nicol of Skene, which enables all parts of the civil engineering contractor’s main facility and other locations to be monitored from one central base. This latest project continues the successful working relationship between the two firms since 2016, with i-Protech playing a key role in developing Nicol of Skene’s purpose-built office complex.

In addition, the business was tasked with designing bespoke intelligent home systems for several properties developed by Insch-based property specialist Annie Kenyon Developments. Encompassing lighting, heating, audio-visual and security, among other areas, these systems provide greater energy efficiency as well as full control for end-users at the touch of a button through any device.

i-Protech specialises in all aspects of electrical services, security and CCTV systems and intelligent building solutions for commercial and residential properties. It works across the oil and gas, property, architecture, housebuilding, transport, and agriculture sectors to provide extensive facility services.

Jim Middleton added: “It has been an exciting period for i-Protech while the new office space has added fresh impetus and will help us build upon our success to date.

“Demand for our services has proven greater than we could have imagined, with a significant increase in revenue secured since the turn of the year. This, in turn, has allowed us to reinvest back into the business and grow our valuable and trusted team.”

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