Tell us who you are?
We are WPS Group Ltd, Your Trusted Installation Partner
Where did the name for the company come from?
It’s a secret! But it may have reference to my Daughter Willow.. The ‘Group’ element of the name is there to highlight the different, specialist divisions of the company. From Networks, Technology and Security installations that we currently have, and then the Electrical, Fire & Safety, FM and Property divisions that we will create in the next 18 months through investment, natural growth and acquisitions.
What services or products do you offer?
Currently our core service is the Design and Installation Structured Data Cabling systems that power your IT and Telecoms Networks. We also have a Technology Installation team who install Audio Visual solutions such as Interactive Whiteboards, Digital Displays and Mobile Phone Signal Boosting systems. In addition, we also provide Electronic Security services such as CCTV, Access Control and Intruder Alarm systems. We work with multiple IT managed service providers and in house IT functions, FM companies / departments and we serve businesses and education settings across the UK.
How many team members are currently employed – who are they and what do they do?
We currently have 6 employees, hopefully 9 when this is published. Rick (MD / Owner / Lead Engineer and Systems Designer), Amanda (Co Owner / Part time Admin), Phil – Tech install expert! Dylan – Data Cabler. Kev & Harry are Trainee Engineers who over the next 18months will learn all aspects of the business. 2x Experienced Engineers have been recruited and are due to start in October.
What made you want to start your own business / or work for your company?
Unfortunately (for all of my ex employers) I am an Entrepreneur. Therefore, like every Entrepreneur, I am completely unemployable. After years of building things for others, I knew I could create a better and bigger business, offering an unrivalled service than anyone else in this industry. And ultimately, being employed wouldn’t give me the life that I want for my family or would it ever be as rewarding for me.
Why was Trent House chosen as a location / how long have you been here?
Great reputation locally, well run, modern office space which is perfect for a modern technology installations company like us!
Are you based in any other location?
We have our engineers stores close to the office in Stoke on Trent, from here, being perfectly located next to the M6 and M1, we cover the whole UK and can be on site anywhere in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Manchester, West midlands, most of the East Midlands within an hour.
Are you planning anything exciting in the near future… personal or business?
2x new experienced engineers will join us in October and we are currently looking or an Office Manager and an Experienced Security engineer to join the team. QTR 4 2023 we will roll out our Home Services division to offer CCTV, Intruder and smart technology installations for homes located in the Midlands and across the Northwest. We will provide a discount code for all BL Stoke & Bury staff, businesses and their employees.
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
‘Start with the end in mind’ is the best piece of advice I have ever received. In both a personal and professional sense. You need to know what you want from life and once you have designed what that finish line looks like, you just need to work backwards from there and create a route for success.
You’re on a team night out, where do you go?
It would have to start at the Bet365 Stadium, home to the mighty Potters! Then plenty of liquid refreshments and a lovely curry or Chinese meal.