Sir Mark Hendrick, Labour and Co-operative MP for Preston formally opened leading systems integrator - Delkia’s - new Preston Office at Unit 3, Tustin Court, Portway Preston at 10am on Friday 1 July. Sir Mark is a Chartered Engineer with a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, so it was apt that he was the guest of honour, as Delkia specialise in systems integration, engineering design and technical consultancy.
Sir Mark said: “I am thrilled that Delkia has chosen the Preston Docks as a key location for their expanding operations, which will give this area a much needed post pandemic boost. As a long-time advocate for defence and nuclear employers in the region, I am pleased that this company has chosen this strategic location to work alongside key clients in the nuclear, defence, aerospace and maritime industries. Together we recognise the many benefits that these local firms bring in terms of supply chain employment opportunities. I am confident that establishing a strong base in Preston will lead to further development and opportunities. Thank you to the management and staff at Delkia for welcoming me to their new offices and I wish them all the success for the future.”
“Opening an office in Preston brings us closer to key customers like BAE Systems and enhance our links with the University of Lancaster and UCLAN’s Engineering Innovation Centre, creating further job opportunities.” Said Kurt Canfield, Managing Director: “Our vision as a company is to create a lasting engineering legacy for the UK, and we were able to share with Sir Mark our plans for R&D. He was also able to meet Josh Butler, one of our two summer interns.”
The company, which is headquartered in Cumbria, has expanded significantly over the past few years. Delkia now employs over 50 people and has an annual turnover of more than £6 million.
The office overlooks the Preston Dock, a short drive from the M6 and M65 motorways, and will provide working space for up to 26 employees with room to expand in the future.
“This is a fantastic collaboration hub to work with our clients and to showcase our latest technologies, whilst offering local employment opportunities for future engineers.” said Carl Burns, defence account relationship manager at Delkia. “We can also work more closely with the North West Air Alliance. The opening the Preston office has already created five new jobs and will continue to drive development in defence and nuclear, reflecting the strength of the Northwest region and helping to build a Northern Powerhouse.”