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Condition Monitoring Group (CMG) Ltd. delighted to host visit by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester

05 / 10 / 2018

Condition Monitoring Group (CMG) Ltd. was very pleased and privileged to be selected as one of the local companies representing the many flourishing businesses in the Northern Devon area during a recent tour on Tuesday 2nd October by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, accompanied by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon.

CMG Ltd. is an international group of small companies dedicated to the design and manufacture of electronic systems that collect and analyse vibration data from a variety of different plant and assets, including rotating industrial power plant and helicopters, which is then used to reduce cost of ownership by improving safety, increasing reliability, and enabling an ‘on-condition’ maintenance philosophy.

The Company originally relocated to Torrington some 27 years ago from its beginnings in Barnstaple, successfully developing a range of products over the years, and establishing itself as a significant player within the field of Condition Monitoring. We now have approximately 120 employees across the Group, 85 of which are based in Torrington, with other staff in Fareham (UK), Chicago (USA), Munich (Germany) and Bologna (Italy).

From left to right: Gary Lee-Richards (Company Chairman), Douglas Graham (Operational Director), HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Mark Lawrenson (Test Team Leader)

A further extension to our premises was completed last year, with fiscal support from UBI1, providing much-needed additional facilities of approximately 8,000ft2, consisting of purpose-built high-quality office space and engineering facilities that will enable the Group to provide an enhanced level of service and support to its customers, including a dedicated IT Suite, Demonstration Facility and Training Centre, and providing a platform for continued expansion and development of the business as we move forward.

The Company was absolutely delighted to be one of the hosts for the recent Royal Visit and Douglas Graham, stated that: “As well as his obvious interest in the cutting-edge technology which is being designed and manufactured here, both for Aviation and Industrial applications, His Royal Highness was also interested in our very successful Apprenticeship Scheme; having myself started as an Apprentice with the Company in 1996, I recognise the benefits and advantages of developing our own local ‘home-grown’ talent, particularly when you consider how challenging it can be to recruit staff in this area who have the appropriate qualifications, experience and specialist skill-sets
that we need.”

From left to right: Gary Lee-Richards (Company Chairman), Douglas Graham (Operational Director), HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Mr Gary Lee-Richards, Company Chairman, added that “During the tour of our facilities, The Duke engaged in detailed conversations with many of our staff and asked a number of interesting and technically-relevant questions.”

Stephen Lee, who is currently undertaking an Apprenticeship within the organisation, commented: “It was really exciting to meet The Duke of Gloucester. He was really interested in talking to all of us apprentices and to hear more about the Company’s Apprenticeship Scheme and the type of work that we do.”

Douglas Graham, summarised that: “The Company’s longstanding Apprenticeship Scheme, which has now been running for nearly 30 years, has put Condition Monitoring Group Ltd. in a strong position in terms of continued expansion and sustainability over the coming years, offering paid ‘on-the-job’ training and formal qualifications, whilst also delivering skills that are specifically relevant to the business.”

Group Photo – Staff of CMG Ltd.
In the foreground, left to right – Douglas Graham (Operational Director), HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Gary Lee-Richards (Company Chairman)

During his concluding remarks at the end of the visit, Gary Lee-Richards (Chairman) thanked both His Royal Highness and HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon for visiting the Group, reiterating the importance of the ongoing collaborative ventures with local Universities, the vocational training courses provided at Petroc College in Barnstaple, along with the helpful support received from Santander Bank, which have all enabled this rural North Devon company to prosper and to achieve significant export sales in particular (in excess of 50% of turnover) and thus contribute to the wider UK economy.