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Two great pieces of news from Whale, congratulations and well-deserved!


Bangor – Based Company Whale Celebrate Being Recognised in the ‘Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For’ Survey
for the Fifth Consecutive Year!
For the fifth year running, Whale (Munster Simms Engineering Ltd) is delighted to announce that they have been included in the ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies To Work For List’ as a reflection of the company’s outstanding levels of employee fulfilment, motivation and engagement.
The independent survey is now in its 14th year and recognises some of the most motivated workforces throughout the UK. This year 897 businesses took part in the surveys and Whale is delighted to be recognised for the fifth year in the Best Small Companies To Work For list. At Whale, the leadership of both the Senior Management Team and Managing Director Patrick Hurst were praised (achieving a top 30 ranking). The survey highlights that The Company is run on strong principals echoed in the management style with 89% of employees agreeing with this statement.
The positive working environment was also reflected in the majority of staff stating that they rarely have a bad day at work (a top 15 position overall). This was attributed to a culture where employees free at ease to talk to their managers about issues, but also the community spirit in the workplace. The team at Whale are also proud to facilitate a flexible working policy giving employees the freedom to manage their time.
Speaking about the fantastic results, Managing Director, Patrick Hurst commented: -
We are delighted to have been listed for the 5th year in a row, particularly given the fact that the workforce has doubled during that time. To know that we have such loyal support from our employees is a great endorsement for the company. We believe that any business is only as good as the people who work in it. Without exception, Whale is full of exceptional people. What a year! Two new factories and a new business acquisition in the US, all down to the hard work of our employees over many years.




Whale opens its new Headquarters which doubles production capacity and includes 70% increase in space
After 43 years in their previous facility, Whale is proud to announce it has moved into a purpose- built new headquarters close to its original facility located in Bangor, Northern Ireland. This new building houses the production, logistics, engineering, quality, accounts, sales and marketing functions that oversee its global business. The Whale Technology and Polymer centre that opened in October 2012 is conveniently sited opposite the new Headquarters providing a total of 120,000 sq. f. t. of space.
In the past four years with turnover doubling, Whale has undertaken to invest significantly in the company’s future and sustainability. With many new innovative water pump and heating products having been launched, and ground breaking work in the world of 3D printing, Whale has positioned itself as an innovative company with employing the best people.
Whale Managing Director, Patrick Hurst commented:

It is quite an emotional time for the team at Whale, 43 years in the old factory is a long time by any standards and for many there are countless happy memories of working in the original facility but with the recent growth the company was literately bursting out of the existing building. The new Headquarters give us a world class factory and has been funded through the hard work of all our employees of whom the Directors are rightly proud, particularly given the challenges the economic recession has dealt our business
With some 30 new jobs being created in 2013 and drawing on local UK design and manufacturing talent to fulfil these positions we continue to foster a highly creative working environment. The new building offers Whale significant opportunities to improve efficiency, logistics and enhance the culture of the business."
In 2012, Whale also opened its Technology and Polymer Centre across the road from the new Headquarters building. This allowed the expansion of the company’s already sophisticated testing laboratory to expand to include a full scale cold test chamber, thermal imaging technology, upgraded wind testing chamber, software development and polymer analysis. Also housed in this facility is Whale’s own injection moulding machinery, manufacturing all plastics for Whale and continues the company’s long term commitment to UK Manufacturing and its high emphasis on quality.
Whale now have 7 facilities worldwide including sales offices in England, France and Sweden, a distribution centre in Vermont, USA and production facilities in Bangor, Northern Ireland and California, USA. The company also have a global distribution network.
The new facilities ensure that the company is well set for continued growth, innovation and further pioneering product development.




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