A GLASGOW-based asset engineering group is to take on more than 100 new workers after securing a raft of new contract wins.

Edwin James Group reported that over the last financial year, sales fell by 11 per cent due to the pandemic while profits “held up well”.

However, following the contract wins, the company has announced a record order book in excess of £500 million and said that it will create the new jobs over the next two years.

The business also reported that the impact of the pandemic saw turnover fall 11% to £136m.

However, a series of strategic acquisitions and continuing organic growth has created "a diverse business that is well-placed to navigate shocks to the economy", it said.

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Edwin James Group now offers a range of asset care, renewal, control and automation services, covering the full life cycle of critical production and facilities assets.

Derek Smith, chief executive of Edwin James Group, said: “The group responded quickly to the pandemic and put the safety of its employees, and those of our clients, and wider community first. While the long and strict lockdowns created operational challenges, the business was able to support customers and their business-critical assets that range from food manufacturing to utility and defence sectors, by developing new processes and protocols to ensure the safety of everyone.

“We emerge from this unprecedented period in good shape. We have a talented and experienced team that we are continuing to develop with new investment in training via our EJ Academy. Our order book has never been stronger, and more of our customers are using a wider range of services.”

The company, which currently has 165 apprentices, said it refined its operating brands during the year with a focus on Parker Technical Services, Musk Process Services and Peak Technology Solutions. Investment was made in an expanded academy programme to support the training and retraining of existing staff and help attract talent.

Mr Smith added: “Implementation of a clear and established strategy is expected to deliver a growing customer base and revenue. With the support of a committed workforce, this will produce growth opportunities for all staff, and we look forward to the future with confidence.”