Omega Engineering

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Omega Engineering's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Omega Engineering is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.omega.co.uk

BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Review of the Year
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New White Hart Lane
cost approximately £60
million more to build
than Wembley Stadium
Updates were given again in October.
The club said it had been working
with key contractors involved in the
mechanical, electrical and safety
systems before revealing that there
would be further delays to the opening
of the stadium with a new date set
forDecember.
Frustrations, however, continued into
the new year, with the club pushing
back the opening again, including a
Premier League match against their
biggest rivals Arsenal in March, which
was played at Wembley.
The opening finally took place the
following month on April 3, with a no-
expense-spared ceremony, as well as
their first game in the stadium against
Crystal Palace.
Aside from its plush grounds, the new
stadium boasts Europe’s largest football
club shop, a 180-bed hotel and 579
apartments in four blocks for which the
club has planning permission.
It will also play host to other sports, with
a sunken artificial surface that can be
removed for American footballgames.
Originally estimated to cost £400
million, the final cost for the new
stadium rocketed to £850 million –
slightly more expensive than the £789
million spent on constructing Wembley.
In a statement after the club had
opened, MrLevy acknowledged the
challenges that the club had faced
during construction.
He said: “Millions around the world
have watched daily and read about
every step of the construction of what is
now probably one of the most famous
stadiums in the world. The news that
we had hit our biggest stumbling block
of all – the issues with the critical safety
systems – was the darkest day of the
entire project and the start of some of
the most difficultmonths.”
He added, however, that the construction
team and designers had been working
tirelessly to make the stadium a reality,
with over 4,000 people on-site working
24/7 at onepoint:
“We never wanted to be away from
Tottenham any longer than we had to.
We have been asked ‘why didn’t you
say you were going to be at Wembley
for two years?’.
“Well, firstly, we didn’t know that
and secondly, if we had said it, it
probably would have meant we’d be
there for three years. Anyone who has
had anything to do with construction
knows that things are always late
finishing and always cost more and
that’s exactly what we’ve experienced.”
As
The Parliamentary Review
goes to
print, the Premier League has kicked
off, and Tottenham have had an
application to increase the capacity of
their stadium approved.
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
New White Hart Lane
cost approximately £60
million more to build
than Wembley Stadium
Updates were given again in October.
The club said it had been working
with key contractors involved in the
mechanical, electrical and safety
systems before revealing that there
would be further delays to the opening
of the stadium with a new date set
forDecember.
Frustrations, however, continued into
the new year, with the club pushing
back the opening again, including a
Premier League match against their
biggest rivals Arsenal in March, which
was played at Wembley.
The opening finally took place the
following month on April 3, with a no-
expense-spared ceremony, as well as
their first game in the stadium against
Crystal Palace.
Aside from its plush grounds, the new
stadium boasts Europe’s largest football
club shop, a 180-bed hotel and 579
apartments in four blocks for which the
club has planning permission.
It will also play host to other sports, with
a sunken artificial surface that can be
removed for American footballgames.
Originally estimated to cost £400
million, the final cost for the new
stadium rocketed to £850 million –
slightly more expensive than the £789
million spent on constructing Wembley.
In a statement after the club had
opened, MrLevy acknowledged the
challenges that the club had faced
during construction.
He said: “Millions around the world
have watched daily and read about
every step of the construction of what is
now probably one of the most famous
stadiums in the world. The news that
we had hit our biggest stumbling block
of all – the issues with the critical safety
systems – was the darkest day of the
entire project and the start of some of
the most difficultmonths.”
He added, however, that the construction
team and designers had been working
tirelessly to make the stadium a reality,
with over 4,000 people on-site working
24/7 at onepoint:
“We never wanted to be away from
Tottenham any longer than we had to.
We have been asked ‘why didn’t you
say you were going to be at Wembley
for two years?’.
“Well, firstly, we didn’t know that
and secondly, if we had said it, it
probably would have meant we’d be
there for three years. Anyone who has
had anything to do with construction
knows that things are always late
finishing and always cost more and
that’s exactly what we’ve experienced.”
As
The Parliamentary Review
goes to
print, the Premier League has kicked
off, and Tottenham have had an
application to increase the capacity of
their stadium approved.
Managing Director
David Tipton
Some of our products
Omega Engineering are part of the Spectris portfolio of
businesses and focus on the manufacture of a wide
variety of measurement and control products. Catering
for a range of sectors that spans agriculture, renewable energy
and universities, they have a collection of over 100,000 products.
Originally established in Connecticut in the USA, their European
operation is headquartered in Manchester. Managing Director
David Tipton is also Vice President of the Institute of Measurement
and Control and tells
The Parliamentary Review
about their
expansion into ecommerce and their support for projects that
encourage the next generation of engineers to enter the sector.
As market leaders in the process measurement and control business space, we pride
ourselves on our technical know-how and our ability to work as closely as possible
with our customers to solve any sensing and measurement issues they may have.
We were formed in 1962 in Connecticut, and our European headquarters have
been based in Manchester since 1997. Our ability to identify trends, allied to
our market understanding, has made us pioneers of ecommerce in our sector.
Over the past 20 years, we have migrated into an online business, supplying
sensing solutions all over the world. When the business was first established,
we only manufactured a single product line of thermocouples. Since then, we
have expanded our range to include over 100,000 state-of-the-art products that
measure and control a variety ofmetrics.
FACTS ABOUT
OMEGA ENGINEERING
»Managing Director EMEA:
David Tipton
»Established in 1962
»Based in Stamford,
Connecticut, with European
headquarters in Manchester
»Services: Manufacturing of
measurement and control
products
»No. of employees: 700
Omega Engineering
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
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To make our online business even
more successful while ensuring that
we future-proof ourselves, we have
made multi-million pound investments
into our new ecommerce platform
and customer relationship tools. Our
vast learning resources and product
offerings can now be accessed easier
than ever before.
In 2011, we moved from being a
family-run company to becoming part
of the Spectris portfolio of businesses.
Spectris, a FTSE 250 company, is
a leading supplier of productivity-
enhancing instrumentation and
controls, and, as leaders in our field,
our knowledge and expertise were a
great fit for them.
Enjoying double-digit growth
The element that makes our company
so interesting, and a stimulating
place to work, is our wide variety of
customers and the ensuing range
of applications we provide sensing
solutions for. Our mission statement
is to help the engineering community
to “sense incredible things”, and we
achieve this with a wide variety of
customers. These applications can
range from temperature sensing on
space rockets to load sensing on
competition racing cycles, and we
supply measurement solutions to many
different industries.
In recent years, we have enjoyed
double-digit growth due to our strong
product and customer focus. We have
also focused increasingly on selling
our products across Europe. This has
proven to be very successful, largely
because our brand is recognised
as a standard of excellence across
theindustry.
We pride ourselves on this customer
focus, restless innovation and high
performance. With these markers in
place, we are able to work as one
unit: sales, marketing, operations,
finance and manufacturing all working
The industries we work
in
Our mission
statement is
to help the
engineering
community to
‘sense
incredible
things’
15OMEGA ENGINEERING |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
together to achieve the same goals.
Whether it is making sure that
products are delivered on time or
reviewing our financial performance,
we are all in this together.
These efforts are supported by our
highly skilled staff. We have dedicated
multilingual graduate application
engineers, supported by industry
experts in all areas of sensing. They
work together to supply solutions to a
variety of customer groups, including
the automotive, agriculture, renewable
energy and university sectors.
Supporting the next
generation of engineers
We are firm believers in STEM
education, and these academic
disciplines are at the very heart of
our sector. We are also a companion
company of the Institute of
Measurement and Control, which is the
professional institute for measurement
and control engineers in the UK. One
of its primary goals is to encourage
students into engineering and science.
Globally, we support universities
through project sponsorship and
scholarships for young engineers, as
well as donating our technology to
enable research and understanding at
high school and college level.
We have been a key sponsor of
the International Measurement
Confederation’s international
measurement world congress,
which is the most prestigious
global event covering sensing and
measurementtechnology.
As well as being managing director of
the company, I am also vice president
of the Institute of Measurement and
Control, alongside being a chartered
engineer. This means that I intimately
understand and appreciate the
challenges that engineering and science
face when recruitingnewtalent.
Thesedisciplines are vital to our
economy, and it is essential that
our sector explores and encourages
newtalent.
We believe in supporting the future
of engineering and believe that if we
invest in the future of today, we will
have the successes of tomorrow.
A strong base provides stability
Like all other businesses, we have
faced recent economic challenges,
including planning for the impact of
unknown Brexit scenarios. Despite
this, however, our strong customer
base and large product portfolio
have meant that we have not been
affected as much as some others. This
breadth of both products and clients
enables us to withstand temporary
economicdifficulties.
Looking forward, our focus is
on empowering the engineering
community and the incredible things
they are doing. Our industry has
moved into a digital-first era, but
we’re looking to build more than just
an ecommerce business. Through our
belief in STEM learning, we’re looking
to bring together engineers from
all over the world to help a greater
initiative: to share sensing, monitoring
and control expertise with the world,
connecting challenges to solutions.
Our focus is on
empowering
the engineering
community and
the incredible
things they are
doing
Our European head
office
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
14 | OMEGA ENGINEERING
To make our online business even
more successful while ensuring that
we future-proof ourselves, we have
made multi-million pound investments
into our new ecommerce platform
and customer relationship tools. Our
vast learning resources and product
offerings can now be accessed easier
than ever before.
In 2011, we moved from being a
family-run company to becoming part
of the Spectris portfolio of businesses.
Spectris, a FTSE 250 company, is
a leading supplier of productivity-
enhancing instrumentation and
controls, and, as leaders in our field,
our knowledge and expertise were a
great fit for them.
Enjoying double-digit growth
The element that makes our company
so interesting, and a stimulating
place to work, is our wide variety of
customers and the ensuing range
of applications we provide sensing
solutions for. Our mission statement
is to help the engineering community
to “sense incredible things”, and we
achieve this with a wide variety of
customers. These applications can
range from temperature sensing on
space rockets to load sensing on
competition racing cycles, and we
supply measurement solutions to many
different industries.
In recent years, we have enjoyed
double-digit growth due to our strong
product and customer focus. We have
also focused increasingly on selling
our products across Europe. This has
proven to be very successful, largely
because our brand is recognised
as a standard of excellence across
theindustry.
We pride ourselves on this customer
focus, restless innovation and high
performance. With these markers in
place, we are able to work as one
unit: sales, marketing, operations,
finance and manufacturing all working
The industries we work
in
Our mission
statement is
to help the
engineering
community to
‘sense
incredible
things’
15OMEGA ENGINEERING |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
together to achieve the same goals.
Whether it is making sure that
products are delivered on time or
reviewing our financial performance,
we are all in this together.
These efforts are supported by our
highly skilled staff. We have dedicated
multilingual graduate application
engineers, supported by industry
experts in all areas of sensing. They
work together to supply solutions to a
variety of customer groups, including
the automotive, agriculture, renewable
energy and university sectors.
Supporting the next
generation of engineers
We are firm believers in STEM
education, and these academic
disciplines are at the very heart of
our sector. We are also a companion
company of the Institute of
Measurement and Control, which is the
professional institute for measurement
and control engineers in the UK. One
of its primary goals is to encourage
students into engineering and science.
Globally, we support universities
through project sponsorship and
scholarships for young engineers, as
well as donating our technology to
enable research and understanding at
high school and college level.
We have been a key sponsor of
the International Measurement
Confederation’s international
measurement world congress,
which is the most prestigious
global event covering sensing and
measurementtechnology.
As well as being managing director of
the company, I am also vice president
of the Institute of Measurement and
Control, alongside being a chartered
engineer. This means that I intimately
understand and appreciate the
challenges that engineering and science
face when recruitingnewtalent.
Thesedisciplines are vital to our
economy, and it is essential that
our sector explores and encourages
newtalent.
We believe in supporting the future
of engineering and believe that if we
invest in the future of today, we will
have the successes of tomorrow.
A strong base provides stability
Like all other businesses, we have
faced recent economic challenges,
including planning for the impact of
unknown Brexit scenarios. Despite
this, however, our strong customer
base and large product portfolio
have meant that we have not been
affected as much as some others. This
breadth of both products and clients
enables us to withstand temporary
economicdifficulties.
Looking forward, our focus is
on empowering the engineering
community and the incredible things
they are doing. Our industry has
moved into a digital-first era, but
we’re looking to build more than just
an ecommerce business. Through our
belief in STEM learning, we’re looking
to bring together engineers from
all over the world to help a greater
initiative: to share sensing, monitoring
and control expertise with the world,
connecting challenges to solutions.
Our focus is on
empowering
the engineering
community and
the incredible
things they are
doing
Our European head
office

www.omega.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Omega Engineering. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster