Westcombe Engineering shares best practice alongside Prime Minister

Council / 29 Sep 2017

Westcombe Engineering has appeared alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review. 

The city council owned company is a precision engineering component specialist which actively seeks out to employ people with disabilities.

Westcombe now features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in the Review which looks back on the year in industry and at Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.

The company was set up in 1970 by the late Royce W. Westcombe, who had a vision of enabling disabled men and women into work, and an unerring dedication to equip disabled workers with the skills and knowledge that would allow them to pursue careers in the wider economy. 

Andrew Lesiw who joined the business in July 2015 as General and Commercial Manager, said: “Execution of a robust marketing strategy has enabled to us to grow our local customer base and we currently supply parts to several new customers locally. Our machined components are now supplied to a wide range of other industries such as agricultural, construction, electronics, food, marine, medical, fitness equipment, material handling equipment, oil and gas and pharmaceutical.

Rt Hon. David Curry (centre) with Andre Lesiw and Elisa Bradley from Westcombe Engineering

Andrew added: "Today, Westcombe Engineering is thriving. Our sales have risen 40 per cent in the last two years, and continued investment in modern plant, equipment, employee training and development, alongside a rigorous focus on operational efficiency and productivity, has seen a significant improvement in key business drivers such as quality, cost and delivery. This has allowed our company to diversify beyond its traditional diesel engine component market to win new contracts in other industry sectors, although continuing to supply our long standing customer Perkins Engines with diesel engine components will remain a core partnership for us."

Westcombe Engineering is a social enterprise, which means that any money made is reinvested back into the business and the local economy. The company is fully committed to providing permanent employment, along with short and medium term work experience opportunities for disabled people.

Councillor David Seaton, cabinet member for resources for the city council, said: “Westcombe Engineering is one of the city’s and the council’s biggest success stories. It’s a shining example of what can be achieved when you offer people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to use their skills and talents in the same way as anyone else. Staff at Westcombe are highly skilled, committed and loyal - what more could an employer ask for from their staff.

“In the past two years sales have risen significantly and the team has become adept at marketing the business and attracting new customers. They now need to focus on further raising the profile of the business to continue to expand the customer base beyond the automotive sector.

“Above all else, they will stay fully committed to their principles and social responsibility by giving disabled people the opportunities they are still regretfully denied by many employers. If they can adhere to this commitment, while continuing to branch out into exciting new avenues of opportunity, then the future of Westcombe will be secure for another half century and beyond.”

The Parliamentary Review’s director Daniel Yossman said: "Westcombe Engineering (Peterborough City Council) and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible. 

“Sharing knowledge and insight with both peers and government is essential work and I am delighted that this year’s Review will reach every corner of the British economy.”

To find out more about Westcombe Engineering and how it could benefit your business please contact Andrew Lesiw on 01733 452575 or email info@westcombeengineering.com.