Bradford-based shopfitter to Morrisons looks to expand with new London office


PEC, a Bradford-based shopfitting firm, which lists the supermarket Morrisons as a customer, has opened a London office as part of its plans to grow the business by £2m in 2012.

The company, established in 1977, has grown from a one-man operation into one of Yorkshire’s leading companies, offering commercial fit-out, refurbishment, bespoke joinery manufacture and project management to UK and European clients in the public and private sectors. 

The company has a bespoke joinery manufacturing facility and office space in Bradford and over 100 direct employees. Other clients include Magnet, Homebase, Kwik-Fit, Crown Paints, Morrisons, Bupa, Q Park, Jewsons, Villeroy & Boch, Aagrah Restaurants and NHS Trusts.

Founder and chairman, Balbir Panesar, said: “Yorkshire and Bradford will always be the centre of our operations. However, we realise in order to win more business we need to have a London presence. I will be going to London on a regular basis to develop business by networking with existing and new clients.”

PEC’s new London office is in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. The opening comes at the same time as the company announces a new management team structure, following the appointment of Panesar’s son, Sohan, as managing director at the start of the year.

The team also comprises financial director, Steve Fowler; commercial director, Suki Panesar; technical director, Chris Stables; and projects director, Johnny Bubbra.

“We’ve been quietly successful, winning repeat business thanks to the commitment and quality of our team approach to projects,” said Sohan Panesar. “The time has come to shout about our expertise and abilities, and the management team felt it was important for our growth to have a physical presence in the UK’s largest market from where we can sell our services, thereby bringing more business and creating jobs into the Yorkshire community.”

“Without doubt, this prestigious address gives us a high quality platform to raise our profile with businesses in the capital. In the current economic climate, we have to explore every opportunity to push our offer for the benefit of our local economy.”