Staff at the world-leading cable cleat manufacturer, which recently announced a £1.5million order from Sϋdkabel for National Grid’s London Power Tunnels Project, decided they wanted a glitzy party to mark the milestone anniversary, but as the vast majority didn’t own the required tuxedos and ball gowns generous bosses decided to cover the entire rental bill so that all of its employees could go to the ball.
Richard Shaw, managing director of Ellis, said: “Reaching a 50th anniversary is a great achievement for any company, and even more so for a manufacturer during an era when the sector really has suffered. There are many reasons for our longevity, but one of the most important ones is that we have always had a hard-working and dedicated workforce. This week’s celebration is all about them and what they’ve done to turn a small rural manufacturer into a business with a truly global reputation.”
Ellis, formerly Ellis Patents, was founded in 1962 by Arthur Ellis - an RAF bomber pilot who flew 96 World War II missions. The company originally made plastic pipe clips and stayed a relatively small operation until it was sold to current chairman, Chris Calvert and fellow investors in 1987.
Since then it has enjoyed year-on-year growth and today is now the world leader in its field, with its cable cleats being specified across the globe. Recent contract wins have included installations in Australia, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan and Poland.
To find out more about Ellis visit www.ellispatents.co.uk or call +44(0)1944 758395.