Celebrating 50 Years In Business In Style!

What better way of celebrating 50 years in business than throwing a huge party!

Around 200 current staff, former colleagues, clients, suppliers and friends joined us for drinks, pulled pork sandwiches and pizza, while making the most of the glorious summer sun. And band The Three Amigos got people up dancing by playing a range of classics – old and new.

Business founders and life-long friends Stephen Wilkinson, Barrie Bamford, and Stephen Crane were among the guests.

Part of our 50th celebrations involved 13 staff successfully completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for charity. The team raised £3,233.28, which we split between Pendleside Hospice and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Hughie Higginson, 12, who is receiving treatment at the hospital after being diagnosed with leukemia, and his friend Freddie Xavi,11, were presented with the cheque by our MD Alastair Brown.

The friends have already raised £220,000 for the children’s hospital, when Freddie ran 2km a day for 50 days – earning them a Pride of Britain award. Hughie and Freddie are now busy running 1km at 100 stadiums – including the 92 Premier League and English Football League grounds – to raise more funds.

The bosses at Finsley Gate Wharf, who we know well after helping them renovate the building last year, very generously donated an extra £300!


Alastair said: “The two charities are close to our hearts and to raise so much money is fantastic.

“Walking the three peaks was challenging but worth it because of the money we raised.”

Alastair, who began work at SBS as an apprentice electrical engineer in 1990, added: “It’s been a wonderful day and we are so pleased that so many people made the effort to join us and be part of our celebrations.

“To be in business 50 years is an incredible achievement.

“We are proud of our history and are building upon the outstanding reputation Stephen, Barrie and Stephen built while in business.

“I have seen how hard work and professionalism brings success and am excited about being part of SBS’s future and look forward to helping the business thrive for the next 50 years.”

SBS, in Healey Wood Road, now employs more than 40 staff, and is growing year-on-year.

Following a buy-out in 2015, SBS is now recognised as a specialist in the North West for the provision of electrical and mechanical engineering services to clients across all sectors and industries, including for hospitals, schools, manufacturing and production facilities, and local authorities.

One of the founding directors, Stephen Wilkinson, 75, said: “Who would have thought that when we walked into that little terrace house to carry out our first job, we would be celebrating SBS’s 50th birthday!

“It has been lovely to see so many people here today, who have all played a part in the company’s success. We have met a lot of fabulous people along the way.”

He added: “It is good to know that the company is thriving and in safe hands.”

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