Managing Director David Dawe, who is based at the company’s Ellesmere Port HQ, welcomed his team to the event at Wolverhampton Race Course where some enjoyed a flutter on the races before sitting down to a formal dinner.
“This is an important milestone in our company’s history and one that I wanted to share with the staff from all our bases as well as with a number of friends, many of whom are valued clients,” said Mr Dawe.
“Arena installs, maintains and services a wide range of machinery and equipment for clients in a variety of sectors from industrial to pharmaceutical and manufacturing. We have experienced continued growth culminating this year with the opening of our first overseas bases in Sweden and Denmark.
“That success is based on the skills, hard work and commitment of our teams who are experts in interpreting client requirements and delivering the solutions that will exceed their expectations.”
A former BNFL electrical apprentice who went on to gain an honours degree in computer technology, Mr Dawe, who is also a chartered engineer, joined Arena in 1996 at the same time as his friend Kevin Dobson. Both men had known each other since their apprenticeship days.
Mr Dawe was appointed Managing Director in 2004 following a management buy-out and Mr Dobson was made Director of Services. Since then the company has pursued a policy of growth which involved relocation from Bolton to its current Ellesmere Port headquarters.
Today Arena turns over £4.5 million a year, employs more than 70 staff across the UK and in Scandinavia and has a blue-chip client list that includes names such as Astra Zeneca and Rolls-Royce.
“Getting to where we are today has taken a lot of hard work and commitment from our people. But we have also received some very useful advice and guidance from our friends including the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
“It is an achievement worth celebrating and I am delighted so many staff and friends were able to join us and raise a toast to the next 25 years,” added Mr Dawe.