We are 316 Engineering.

Our Peterborough-based stainless steel engineering specialist company is happy to report that sales are currently back to their pre-pandemic levels!

We employ 40 skilled engineers and can provide design fabrication and finishing services across the UK, from our headquarters on Roundhouse Close.

With a full sales pipeline, we are expecting to make a headcount increase of another 20% and also have plans for further investment in our apprenticeship training programme.

In February 2021, we were acquired by Go2 Engineering Group, a Northampton based Engineering group, which is led by managing director Peter Dodd – himself a qualified mechanical engineer. This privately funded deal marked the eighth acquisition of the group in recent years.

This acquisition led to our new management team arriving. We are led initially by Michael Donachie, who is also a general manager at Go2 Engineering Group’s Gateshead-based steel fit-out specialist firm Tech Projects, alongside Clyde Stratton, who has rejoined the team.

Clyde is now our operations manager, having overseen a major phase of investment in training and quality management (ISO9001) at the business and also having undertaken professional development of his own with Small Business Leadership Programme.

Throughout the pandemic and Brexit, much of the UK’s engineering and manufacturing sector struggled massively. However, 316 Engineering has continued to perform well, with our stainless steel services to the food processing industry driving growth.

Clyde Stratton comments:

"It has been an incredibly challenging time for everyone in business but we have emerged relatively unscathed and with a very strong pipeline and a great deal of that comes down to looking after and developing our people.
‘We’ve been able to allocate time and resources to staff training, (including myself) and improving our systems. The result is a very positive forecast for the year ahead and this will mean we will be hiring again. Right now, we have immediate vacancies for fully skilled fabricator/welders and skilled metal polishers. To apply, please do visit our website’s career page."

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Updated: Feb 3, 2021

We’re happy to announce that we have been bought by the Northampton-based Go2 Engineering Group.

The privately funded deal for 316 Engineering is the eighth acquisition by the group in recent years, which is led by managing director Peter Dodd - himself a qualified mechanical engineer.

New management team led by Michael Donachie and Clyde Stratton

The new management team will be led by Michael Donachie. Michael is also the general manager at Go2 Engineering Group’s Gateshead-based steel fit-out specialist firm Tech Projects. He will be supporting Clyde Stratton as he re-joins as the Operations Manager.

Speaking about the acquisition, Pete Dodd said;

‘I am proud to be able to announce that 316 Engineering is the latest addition to the Go2 Engineering Group, or “family” as we prefer to think about it. ‘They are a perfect fit in terms of our existing portfolio of partners which allows us to form specialist project teams, drawing on the complementary skills we have across the wider group. I am also especially pleased to have Michael and Clyde leading the team during this period of transition. They are both highly skilled engineers and leaders which is exactly what we want as 316 Engineering gears up for growth.’

316 weathers the Brexit and pandemic storm

We understand that our colleagues in the UK engineering and manufacturing sector have inevitably struggled through the pandemic and changes following Brexit, we’re so pleased to say 316 Engineering has performed well during this exceptional trading period, with the food processing machinery driving growth that has meant that no furloughs have been necessary.

Michael Donachie comments;

‘We are delighted to become part of the Go2 Engineering Group to offer our specialist skills where we can to the larger organisation on major projects and as we grow as a business in our own right.
'Brexit has not impacted us in perhaps the way that might have been expected and we are already looking to make major investments here in terms of machinery and personnel. We want to be the “go-to employer in the Peterborough area for steel fabrication and expect to announce new roles in the coming weeks, as well as a major investment in our vital apprenticeship programme". These are exciting times for the business and the group and we look forward to the journey together.’

Pete Dodd concludes:

‘Our aim is to continue growing organically as a group and via further acquisitions to constantly expand our capabilities. We expect to announce further developments to strengthen the group’s offering in the coming months.’

Who are the Go2Engineering Group

The Go2 Engineering Group grows organically as a group via acquisition. We aim to be a one-stop mechanical engineering shop and be the ‘Go2’ people for all mechanical engineering solutions from conceptual design through to production and testing.

The Group currently consists of 8 Partner businesses that include precision engineering specialists Alman Engineering, Bradon Engineering, CV Precision Engineering, Green Precision, Seychell Engineering and Fabrications.

It also has fabrication specialists Tech Projects as well as 316 Engineering. For all non-destructive testing and calibration block requirements we have NDT Equipment Supplies as part of the family too.

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Image of Clyde Stratton (right) and Jimmy Tickner (left)

During the Christmas break, our Engineering Manager Jimmy Tickner wanted to get involved with doing what he could to support the NHS. He set out to raise much-needed funds for the NHS and he’s managed to raise £150 in just a few days after it launched. With the initial goal of £150 met, he now has his eyes on raising even more.

We know him as Jimmy at work, but Paul “Jimmy” Tickner, 53, came up with the idea of helping people to donate the cost of a Covid-19 vaccination if they felt they could afford one. Having discussed it with his wife Claire, Paul set up a dedicated Facebook fundraiser page which would link up with and support NHS Charities Together.

Committed to helping the NHS, NHS Charities Together is the national collective voice for over 240 of NHS Charities in the UK. NHS charities are the legal way that the NHS receives, holds and spends charitable funds and they give £1million a day to the NHS.

Paul explains, "Claire and I were discussing this over Christmas and working out how we might be able to help. We came up with the idea to set up a Facebook charity page for the NHS. We figured that most people would pay for the vaccine if they could, so wouldn’t it be good if we created an easy way to raise some crucial funds for our heroes? It doesn’t matter what you contribute, even £3 makes a massive difference. We hoped to raise £150 but we've already done that so now we're aiming a little higher at £500. Fingers crossed we can get there as it is a great cause."

316 Engineering’s general manager Michael Donachie and operations manager Clyde Stratton have both pledged to support Paul’s efforts, by donating £150 to back his campaign at the 40-strong engineering firm.

Michael and Clive say “on behalf of 316 we feel extremely proud to support such a wonderful and vitally important cause in these critical times. Jimmy Tickner came up with the proposal and we’re supporting him to communicate this wonderful initiative across 316 Engineering and our Partners at the Go2 Engineering Group. The passion he has displayed is a credit to Jimmy and his family.”

Jimmy and the wider 316 Engineering team have worked throughout the pandemic and we’re grateful that the business has remained operational so we can continue supporting our customers in the food and beverages industry with engineering solutions. We fully understand the challenges this virus has brought to all our lives, yet this is nothing to the challenges our NHS has to face 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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