UWE takes a fresh look at refrigeration company's IT systems

Issue date: 14 February 2008

Stephen Batty and Martin Webber The University of the West of England has been asked by rapidly growing Bristol-based refrigeration and air conditioning specialists Space Engineering Services to make a thorough review of their business processes and IT systems. Two recent graduates will be recruited to identify future requirements and assist in implementing new or improved processes and systems. In addition, UWE will be carrying out a training needs analysis across the organisation.

Space Engineering Services was founded in 1988 and provides refrigeration, air-conditioning, mechanical and electrical services to the major supermarket chains and food processing companies. The company has around 500 employees in several UK locations and is a member of Beacon South West, a SWRDA backed network of the most innovative and successful companies in the region.

The link with UWE brings two job opportunities for high-calibre business studies or IT graduates - one to be employed for the duration of the thirty-month project under the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme and another for a recent graduate to carry out five months' work under the Graduate Consultancy Scheme (GCS).

UWE Project Manager Stephen Batty said, “Space Engineering Services is a high growth and forward thinking company and we are delighted to be working with them to help further improve their business performance and make it 'leaner.' We will be bringing in expertise from our Bristol Business School and Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Studies faculty”

Rick Taylor, joint Managing Director at Space Engineering Services added, “As a company we have grown organically for a number of years. This partnership will help us to invest in the right areas to continue company growth and reputation in an increasingly competitive market place, and therefore provide increased sustainable employment in the South West and around the UK.

“It will be fascinating to see how the world of academia can bring about benefits to our business that means we are more efficient and effective. For more details on the job opportunities contact Clare Rowson, University of the West of England, RBI, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY, 0117 32 83676, e-mail clare.rowson@uwe.ac.uk.

Further information can be found at http://www.uwe.ac.uk and http://www.space-engineering.co.uk


Editor's notes

• Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are supported by the government's Technology Strategy Board. They aim to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Each partnership employs one or more high calibre associates (recently qualified people) to work on a project which is core to the strategic development of the business. For more information on UWE's KTP programme visit http://rbi.uwe.ac.uk/Internet/business/ktp.asp

Picture available upon request of Martin Webber from Space Engineering Services and Stephen Batty from UWE.

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