Moving Up the Ladder at Francis Brown

As a time-honoured local supplier of fabrication and engineering services, we have continued with our commitment to investing in local talent through the appointment of new apprentices including an award-winning student from the region.

We strive to recruit the highest calibre of fabrication and welding staff and this has recently seen Francis Brown invest in the future of young welder Sam Shea who was recently hailed as The Best City & Guilds Welding Student of 2018 in the Teesside Area from the Welding Institute Teesside Branch after being nominated by Middlesbrough College.

Whilst studying a welding and fabrication course to level 2, Sam shone amongst 50 students – having demonstrated exceptional welding capabilities and achieving distinctions in the majority of exams – to win the award and has since gone on to impress at Francis Brown under the mentorship of our Operations Manager, Mark D’Cunha.

Speaking about the appointment, Mark Roddy, Managing Director said: “We are firmly committed to investing in local people, upskilling young apprentices and providing long-term employment opportunities. We have been very impressed to date by all of our apprentices’ achievements and will continue to nurture their development within the company.

“It is very important that we have the best people in the business with the right skillset as we look to fulfil our ambitious projected pipeline of work.

“With impending projects in offshore wind, continued investment in the local chemical sector and the inevitable return of project work in the oil and gas sector, it is crucial that our workforce is the very best it can be to continue to deliver our high-quality fabrication and engineering services that we have built a very strong reputation in.”

With excellent relationships with Stockton offshore engineering firm, Heerema, our apprentices have been receiving training at the company’s state of the art training school. Most recently this has seen Sam, along with the other apprentices, working towards achieving 6GR Coding – the highest welding qualification – which will allow the staff to participate in all welding work on the shop floor.

Sam has also recently been heavily involved in the fabrication of ladders and a platform – alongside Kieron Hutchinson who has recently completed his four-year apprenticeship – which will be used at Cleveland potash.

Speaking about providing apprenticeship opportunities in businesses, Stephanie Coleman, Head of Business Development at Northern Skills Group said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for young people to gain practical experience whilst earning a wage and it is great to see well established businesses in the region that have carved a solid reputation across the globe recognise the true value in investing in opportunities such as this.

“We have a fantastic pool of talent studying at Middlesbrough College and we show recognition to students excelling with such award schemes that have proven to be pivotal in helping young people obtain apprenticeships with top class organisations such as Francis Brown.”

Now in its fourth generation of family leadership, we currently employ 100 staff, 10 of which has over 25 years’ service.

Sam said: “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity and I have already gained lots of new skills in my short time with the company. I look forward to starting more complex projects once I am fully trained with the support of the team at Francis Brown and honing my skills even further.”




Francis Brown Successfully Delivers Offshore Wind Vessel Deck Equipment

We have successfully delivered deck equipment fabrications – in less than 16 weeks – for a global supplier specialising in subsea remotely operated equipment which is working on offshore windfarms in the North Sea.

Francis Brown provided Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) with specialist fabrications to form part of a winch system to operate alongside its QTrencher which was delivered to one of its major global clients in April this year.

In order to meet the client’s requirements, SMD engineered a unique design and worked with Francis Brown to deliver the fabrications in a timely manner. Our scope was to supply painted fabrications for the winch system for a cable trenching machine.

And this forms part of a series of projects that we have recently delivered to the business, including other subsea and deck equipment fabrication packages.

Speaking about the project, Mark Roddy, Managing Director at Francis Brown said: “Securing repeat business with one of the world’s biggest suppliers of subsea equipment has been a big achievement for Francis Brown. We work closely with all of our clients to ensure that we deliver on time and budget – which is one of the main factors that we believe helps us to secure repeat business – combined with our extremely high-quality services and stringent safety procedures that we have in place.”

We supplied the complex equipment which was subsequently fully assembled with hydraulics by SMD. Weighing an impressive 60 tonnes the equipment was built to a strict tolerance and timescale, without compromising on the quality and safety of all those involved.

“We’ve been providing our industry leading fabrication solutions for over 100 years and have built up a strong reputation across many sectors including the offshore wind sector. Having completed a series of projects recently specialising in the offshore renewable market we’ve established ourselves as a key supplier into this industry. When delivering our fabrication services, we focus on ensuring that we consistently meet – if not exceed – recognised industry safety standards.”

Established in 1903, Francis Brown Limited offers a full turnkey service including design, fabrication, assembly, inspection and installation. Based in Teesside, we have built up a strong reputation supplying pressure vessels, pipework and structural fabrications such as this for a range of industries including oil and gas, renewable energy, chemical, nuclear and rail works.

If you would like to know more about our services, please feel free to call us on +44 (0) 1642 806000 or email

Photo: Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd.

Francis Brown Secures ISO 9001: 2015 Twelve Months Ahead of Schedule

We are delighted to have been awarded a world leading quality standard – ISO 9001:2015 – one year ahead of the deadline for implementation.

The standard – only published in September 2016 – is the most rigorous to date and, as such, companies across the UK have been given up to three years to implement systems and secure it.

Yet true to form, in our constant pursuit of innovation, Francis Brown has secured the standard early which is a real testament to the hard work and commitment of all team members within the business.

The quality standard means firms across the UK have to implement systems that ensure all work processes, risks and opportunities, methods of work and management planning is documented and, crucially, that all employees understand and are aware of it.

For Francis Brown this involved a complete overhaul of our management systems combined with the training of more than 100 staff across our sites.

The new requirements are quite massive and we’re delighted to have delivered what we set out to achieve and are incredibly proud to be – what we believe is – one of very few companies in Teesside to achieve this certification to date.

We are confident that securing such an accolade will enable us to continue to be at the forefront of our industry, secure new contract wins and continue to provide employment opportunities in the local community.

We are also extremely pleased to report that we have we have also been successful in our re-assessment of ISO 3834 and ISO 1090 certifications.

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