More than 50 guests gathered on 14 December to celebrate the official opening of the new PPS offices in Brighouse.
Among those who dropped by to take a look round the plush new premises, enjoy a light lunch and witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque were Eorl Crabtree and Brian Blacker from the Huddersfield Giants; Matty Brown, Jake Hibbs, Billy Heath and Ben Bottomley from Halifax Rugby Club; and representatives of Halifax Town FC – all teams sponsored by PPS.
As well as staff from PPS and its sister company, Sheffield-based Simm Engineering, attendees included representatives of Calderdale Council, Camozzi, CMS Construction, Handelsbanken, Legris, Made in Yorkshire, Parker, Ryans and Walker Singleton, plus several members of staff from key supplier of air compressors, vacuum pumps and associated equipment, Atlas Copco.
Two charitable organisations supported by PPS, Overgate Hospice and Tempus Novo, also had a presence.
Managing Director Gary Whitaker gave a moving speech about when he first left the building where he used to work, never imagining that h
e would be back 25 years later to make it a home for the successful company he founded. He described his vision for the new premises to look “like a BMW showroom” and paid tribute to the staff members and contractors involved in the build and refurbishment, as well as all those who have helped the company grow and thrive over the years.
He handed over to Director Ian Harrison, who also gave a speech of thanks, including expressing gratitude to Gary for giving him and other
staff members the opportunity to be part of the thriving company.
A plaque commemorating the occasion was unveiled by Alexander Pavlov, General Manager for Atlas Copco Compresso Technique business in the UK and Ireland, who applauded the strong relationship between the two companies and praised the new premises as being on a level far
above the usual distributors’ sites.
The site has its own dedicated Trade Counter and smart new staff offices and open-plan areas, as well as a better layout for the stores and service department. Anyone wishing to visit the new premises is welcome to drop by during working hours, and there will be an Open Day in the new year for customers new and old, to showcase the facilities and services.