9 June 2010
Leeds-based consultancy, WYG is today celebrating 50 years of delivering multi-skilled professional consultancy services.
The company started when Ernest Green set up an engineering consultancy 50 years ago. White Young then formed in 1964 as a partnership between Ron Young and Terence White. White Young and Partners followed which became White Young Green and then rebranded to WYG in 2008.
Today, WYG’s head office is still based in its native Leeds and employs over 2,500, operates in over 40 countries, and boasts an annual turnover of over £200m.
Paul Hamer, Chief Executive, WYG Group, said: “Today marks a huge milestone for our people, our company and the city of Leeds. We have consistently delivered professional consultancy services on thousands of high profile projects, not only here in Yorkshire and the UK but throughout the world. We are extremely proud of our heritage and I am personally proud to be Chief Executive of WYG on this significant occasion.
“Despite challenging market conditions we remain a profitable company and with the continued support of our great people we look forward to future success for WYG for another 50 years,” he added.
Some historical projects that WYG has worked on during the 1960s 70s and 80s include Bradford & Bingley Headquarters in Bradford, the Pilkington Glass factory in Doncaster, Farnborough low speed wind tunnel for the RAF, Barclays Bank’s first UK computer centre, Crown House in Huddersfield, Byker Housing Development project in Newcastle, Dover’s ferry terminal, Stevenage Arts and Sports Centre, Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre, Cardiff City football stadium, and internationally, Cyprus Lanarca refinery, Libya’s Abu Kammash Chemical Complex, Cairo Plaza Project, Abu Dhabi Sports Stadium, Doha Hotel and Conference Centre in Qatar and Riyadh Stadium in Saudi Arabia.
More recently, WYG continues to build on its experience, and within the last month, the company has won three significant contracts with high profile clients – a four-year framework with the Ministry of Defence to provide professional and technical support services for property and construction projects, a contract with Balfour Beatty on a £95m Building Schools for the Future project in Hartlepool and WYG’s largest-ever international project in the Western Balkans worth over €30m.
For more information about the history of WYG, historical photographs and staff comments, please visit our dedicated ‘50 years of consulting’ website at http://www.wyg.com/50years/index.php