Business Growth Grant Helps to Power Companies Growth

20 Jan 2020


When your customer base includes some of the main international players in the power generation industry, accreditation to the most stringent of quality and safety standards is obligatory. A St Helens manufacturing company has recently made use of the Chambers Business Growth Grant to ensure that its accreditations fully meet its customer’s high expectations.

Gordon Kitto Welding limited (GKW), is now proud to boast of its UKAS accreditation to ISO 45001 2018.

The company designs, manufactures and installs Busbar systems. Busbars are used in local high current power distribution, and to connect high and low voltage equipment. GKW’s products are installed in power stations, refineries, waste to energy plants, and many factory environments all over Europe.

Based in Merton Bank road St Helens, and employing 9 people, GKW has over 50 years’ experience in the industry.

Managing director Kevin Jones says: “We’re a unique business within the power industry, in that we design, manufacture and install Busbars. We pride ourselves that customers can approach us with a very basic concept of what they need, and we can take that concept through design, manufacture to full installation. It’s a complete turnkey service, and very few other companies in Europe can do what we do.”

With the inherent dangers that are associated with the power industry, it’s unsurprising that companies are demanding evidence that their supply chains are at the top of their games in relation to quality, health and safety and environmental responsibility. GKW recognised that accreditation to ISO 45001 2018, would be an invaluable addition to its already impressive list of certifications, which include ISO 9001 2015 and Achilles UDVB Verify.

“The industry is changing, and quite rightly it’s becoming more demanding all the time” says Kevin. “We deal with all the blue chip companies, and to keep these customers we cannot stand still, we have to grow and develop with the industry. The ISO 45001 award and our other certifications, demonstrate that GKW is proactive in its approach to quality, health and safety and the environment”

With its expertise and commitment now officially rubber stamped, GKW embarks on the new decade fully confident that it can continue to grow and prosper in this highly specialised sector

Kevin says: “Since gaining the award we have taken on one skilled engineer, and also an apprentice, as we are keen to bring new blood into our industry. We anticipate outgrowing our current unit and are looking for larger premises” he continued “The grant was a great help in funding the project. I initially thought it might be a bit laborious, but it wasn’t, it was really straight forward to apply for, and easy to claim”

To find out more about Gordon Kitto Welding visit its website at

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Business Growth Grant is available to SMEs based in, or moving to St Helens or Halton and operating in a business to business environment. To find out more visit

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