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Black tie blitz for big birthday bash

Although more accustomed to the steel toe-cap boots and protective work wear of the manufacturing industry, employees of Rillington-based Ellis will be dressed-up on Thursday night (26 July) to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

(Left to right): Matthew Spiller, Mark Angus, Toni Dring, Adam Freer and Stephen Parker

Staff at the cable cleat manufacturer – which recently announced a £1.5million order from S?dkabel for National Grid’s London Power Tunnels Project – decided that they wanted a party to mark the milestone anniversary. But as the vast majority didn’t own the required tuxedos and ball gowns, the company’s bosses decided to cover the entire rental bill so that all of its employees could go to the ball.

Richard Shaw, Managing Director of Ellis, said: “Reaching a 50th anniversary is a great achievement for any company, and even more so for a manufacturer during an era when the sector really has suffered. There are many reasons for our longevity, but one of the most important ones is that we have always a hard-working and dedicated workforce. This week’s celebration is all about them and what they’ve done to turn a small rural manufacturer into a business with a truly global reputation.”

Ellis, formerly Ellis Patents, was founded in 1962 by Arthur Ellis, an RAF bomber pilot who flew 96 World War II missions. The company originally made plastic pipe clips and remained a relatively small operation until it was sold to current chairman, Chris Calvert and fellow investors in 1987. Since then it has enjoyed year-on-year growth. Recent contract wins have included installations in Australia, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan and Poland.

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