dBD Celebrates the opening of site 2 by MP Stephen Metcalfe
dBD Communications & Management Consultancy Ltd expands our ever-growing presence within the economy with the opening of ‘Site 2’ by local MP Stephen Metcalfe. This vision began over 12 years ago when Managing Director David O’Connell and Operations Director Amanda O’Connell began the company, specialising in Audio Communications with RF and Microwave solutions. Year by year we have built upon our successes within the industry, with the expansion into larger facilities and an ever-growing workforce. We currently employ 32 members of staff situated on the Burnt Mills industrial estate.
The first expansion steps were made in 2014 with the growing necessity for a dedicated workshop and engineers. Whilst the additional space was welcomed it was quickly filled with system integration and final assembly lines as the growth of the business was exceeding expectations.
Supplying local companies like Selex, Raytheon Systems Limited, Keltbray, Kelvin Hughes and also The University of Essex, we have a strong ethos of supporting and utilising local businesses. The most recent venture was using JR Customs based on Harvey Road to apply sign writing to the company van for promotional uses. Being based on the Burnt Mills Industrial estate has allowed for such relationships to develop between businesses, having a diverse range of trades available within the area.
‘Throughout my various career paths, all have carried a common theme which is RF and Microwave technology. We now find ourselves as dBD Communications both Amanda's and my own creation in 2002 supporting another industry sector with our core skills. Additional staff recruitment has allowed us to grow the company in a way that still meets our goals of high flexibility and professional customer services. We continue to reinvest in both product development and staff enhancement.’
- David O’Connell, Managing Director
Over the past 3 years, 20% of dBD’s staff has been via the National Apprenticeship scheme, working alongside local agent, The Light Bulb. The apprenticeship scheme has proved beneficial for both those participating and employers, allowing on the job training to fill skill gaps that exist within the workforce and as a growing company more positions are being offered. Toni Avis came into the company as an apprentice and has now advanced her position to Site 2 Manager after being with the dBD for over 3 years, providing strong evidence of a successful apprenticeship scheme.
‘I think it is very important for companies to invest in apprenticeship schemes because many young people find it very hard to get a job when they leave education. When I started with dBD in 2012 I wasn’t sure what to expect or if it was the right career path, being an apprentice helped immerse me in the working world and build upon my skillset alongside my confidence. I appreciate the time and investment that has gone into my apprenticeship, which has eventually led to becoming manager of ‘Site 2’ in a period of 3 years.’
- Toni Avis, ‘Site 2’ Manager and former Apprentice
The company hopes to further develop the use of its audio systems within Rail applications, having already established strong connections with Network Rail and contractors such as Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Costain. Site 2 allows a dedicated sales team to work closely with said contractors at the forefront of dBD, with primary concerns surrounding customer service and satisfaction. Staff members are regularly deployed across the UK provide a dedicated Managed Service Support programme which oversees engineering and technical support on railway solutions, this feature has allowed further integration of new members of staff that are solely based in this programme. The opening of Site 2 was highly successful, with Stephen integrating into the workshop environment whilst testing our Apollo Communication system.
Future developments are set to see dBD venture into the air industry, with its flagship products Minerva, Athena and Apollo being tested and proving very successful. dBD are currently set to exhibit at Inter Airport Europe this October in Munich, Germany, in order to push audio communications systems into a new market and display the technological advances that dBD are making.