Case Studies

Engineering consultancy primed for international success

Business Gateway provided support to engineering consultancy IMES International when it was looking to grow.

10th June 2019

About the business

IMES International is part of the Seanamic group of companies and provides independent inspection, load monitoring and engineering consultancy services to the marine, defence, nuclear, energy, renewable and utilities markets. Its bespoke load measurement and monitoring systems incorporate the highest industry standards to function under extreme environmental conditions, both offshore and onshore.

Paul Basford, Business Development and Project Manager said: “We have developed a non-destructive testing (NDT) scanner that drops down the tails shaft of Ministry of Defence vessels, scanning for faults from the inside and provide weighing equipment for missile fuel as well as several bespoke tools for subsea intervention and electrical testing.”

Our ability to explore new market opportunities and have an in-depth website review has been fuelled by the support from Business Gateway. The resources provided are so accessible and the results so quickly visible.

How Business Gateway has helped

Paul has drawn on his own project management experience and the advice of Business Gateway to enable the growth of the company. Thanks to its strategic counsel, market intelligence and network of contacts, Business Gateway helped Paul to pinpoint key elements to incorporate into his business plan.

“Our adviser, Bill Hogarty, was always on hand. His frequent contact meant our objectives and actions were clearly outlined, providing us with a strategic path to follow. His extensive contact base enabled us to liaise with Business Gateway support specialists who dealt specifically with market intelligence, crucial information when entering new regions.

“Our wire rope NDT equipment is now seen as the standard inspection procedure for several of our clients and has replaced visual inspections of wire ropes. This process of internal rope inspection gives our clients the confidence they need when operating in adverse conditions.”

Business Gateway Support

1-2-1 Business Adviser

Signposting to wider support network

DigitalBoost website review

What’s next?

“With the potential of funding for market research and business development, we will be in a much better place to send the right team to Southeast Asia – all thanks to the support of Business Gateway.”

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