In July 2022 we celebrated 15 years of engineering success since we opened our first office in Dubai in 2007. We have grown from a staff of 4 people to 326 with offices in 11 cities around the world. Our partner network has been solidified and extended to reach most of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. We remain a true people business that focusses on our employees ensuring we are an employer of choice. I am proud that the majority of our founding team members remain with us today, while many others have also celebrated 10 or more years with us.
The 136 accolades and awards our staff have gained over the years is testament to the talent we are privileged to call our One Global Team. We have successfully retained the honour of being awarded the MEP Consultant of the Year for 4 consecutive years in the Middle East and last month we were crowned SME of the Year at the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards 2022 in the UK. I am immensely proud that our team has been recognised for the incredible talents, teamwork and professionalism displayed by every single member.
Our future is looking bright! We continue our growth story in accordance with our business plan whilst expanding our global services offering with many new opportunities to join our family. We have opened additional business streams, such as Lead Design Consulting and our Commissioning business which is primarily based in the Middle East, servicing our clients in the region and Europe. We are now proudly positioned as a global leading MEP company due to our complex engineering design solutions. We have become the “go-to” specialist consultancy due to our centre of excellence for data centres and highly resilient building designs.
We currently operate in a diverse range of sectors, in particular technology, where we are seeing considerable global growth. Our business model focuses on developing our specialist team through maintaining individuals’ focus on specific sectors. We encourage employee mobility and access to exposure to projects across the global business. This provides our engineers with a broad spectrum of challenges working with clients with differing requirements, MEP design in different environments to different standards and most importantly, experience. This enhances the knowledge and expertise of our team and gives us a strong advantage in servicing our clients around the globe.
We have recently gathered our global leaders and upcoming talent to discuss our business plans and strategy for the coming years. This will include a greater focus on our sustainability offering with the implementation of stage 1 of our Carbon Neutral Policy for all our offices. Having engaged in a Net Zero Carbon (NZC) office complex as part of a prominent development, our expertise is seen in all our designs where we aim to minimise power and water consumption which will have less impact on the environment as we focus on designs that derive power from renewable sources. Furthermore, across the data centre projects Black & White has worked on over the last year, the implementation of energy-saving measures such as the utilisation of redundant plant during normal operation, applying elevated chilled water temperatures, and incorporating free cooling into the design have improved the PUE dramatically.
We are also setting up a new Research & Development team, a world class Graduate Training Programme and a Black & White University which will focus on the Data Centre sector.
We are seeing a shift to focusing on new sectors such as pharma/high tech manufacturing and logistics which our R&D team will be researching emerging technology for MEP projects. Our continued business growth covering workforce, clients and commercial sets Black & White aside as one of the highest performing independent MEP engineering businesses globally. We have always had the ability to quickly adapt to any change and provide consistent expert knowledge due to the global nature of our One Global Team approach.
Our teams can tap into expertise from any location, at any time, offering a 24/7 client service. Our projects have continued on track despite the significant global disruption over the past two years. I am looking forward to the next 15 years of the growth and success of Black & White!