Wallsend firm on track for success

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A new division launched by a Wallsend firm has landed new work and accreditation for Network Rail.

After Barrier Group acquired assets from A-Belco last November, Barrier Electrical Engineering has grown its reputation across industry sectors, in particular defence and rail.

Following its first contract to provide Multiple Outlet Panels for BAE Systems, the division secured Network Rail Accreditation.

As a result, they have created a number of new jobs, with a team of five engineers, including former A-Belco project engineer Matthew Gibbard, who lost his job when the company went into administration.

Steven Lee, director of the Barrier Electrical Engineering division, said: “The investment in this new division has strengthened Barrier Group’s capabilities and allows us to enter new markets.

“When we set up this division, we were grateful to the former commercial director of A Belco in helping us with insight into the processes and timescales involved to achieve accreditation with Network Rail.

“Matt and his team have proved to be a real asset to the business and the fact they managed to reduce the accreditation timescale so significantly speaks volumes for their industry knowledge, skill and work ethic”.

“Achieving Network Rail accreditation and winning a contract with BAE Systems represents excellent progress in a short period of time. We will be seeking to develop new products for Network Rail.”

Matthew Gibbard, project engineer, said: “Barrier Group has a prominent position as a North East business with a growing reputation for its new and innovative services and products.

“It’s great for us all to be able to build on the experience we gained at A-Belco and learn new skills and methodologies and for the team to be given an opportunity to fulfil its potential.

“We have really been made to feel part of the team at Barrier and its exciting contributing to this new venture.”