A product design and development firm based in Knaresborough has expanded its team thanks to a strong growth in business.

GSPK Designs has taken on two graduates to help deal with its increasing workload – and bring new skills to the existing team of 12.

The new recruits are Joe Hodge, an electronic design engineer, and Tim Chamberlin, who will be the firm’s first industrial design engineer.

Managing director Paul Marsh said:

“We have had several new contracts and there are more jobs in the pipeline, so we needed more people to ensure we can keep delivering the best possible service to our loyal clients, and to those who are joining us.

“Bringing two recent graduates on board means we have fresh ideas and the latest knowledge.

“We believe that adding that to our existing team’s experience sets us apart from the competition and means we can offer exactly what our customers need.”

Joe, 32, was recruited after completing his engineering degree at the University of York.

He went to university as a mature student after spending several years working in sales for a computer company.

Just three weeks into the job, he is already working on a live project and is enjoying the chance to be creative with technology.

For Tim, the job is not unfamiliar territory: he completed a year’s placement at GSPK Design last summer, before going back to the University of Bournemouth for the final year of his product design degree.

When he came home to Knaresborough for the summer, Paul called him in to talk about a more permanent role – and he too started work in early August.

Paul said:

“Until now, we have had to work with outside partners for our industrial design and 3D modelling work.

“Having Tim here means we can now offer this service in-house and have a unique offering of being a full-service design house, doing everything from concept and development right through to production, which is great for us and our customers.”

Tim said:

“I’m really enjoying the job so far and having this level of responsibility. It’s great to be trusted so early on, which I don’t think would have happened if I hadn’t spent a year here on my placement.”

So successful was Tim’s placement that Mr Marsh has taken on a new student this year.

He first met Olly Lucking three years ago at an event run by Young Enterprise, an educational charity which aims to inspire the next generation of business leaders through practical challenges.

Mr Marsh, who is chairman of the Young Enterprise board in North Yorkshire, was impressed when Olly contacted him earlier this year to ask if he could come to GSPK Design for a placement as part of his business development degree at the University of Liverpool.

Having recently spoken to sixth form students at King James’s School in Knaresborough about different ways to find opportunities and meet business leaders, Mr Marsh thought Olly had the right approach.

He said:

“That’s exactly the kind of attitude I look for in young people.

“Anyone who uses their initiative and builds up useful contacts like Olly did will catch the eye of a potential employer.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do during his time with us.”

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GSPK Design’s two new recruits, Tim Chamberlin and Joe Hodge

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