Blog4 July 2018

Fantastic Hillhead exhibition signals end of Sykes Pumps 160th celebrations

It has been an incredible year for Sykes Pumps, with the company going all-out to celebrate our 160th anniversary of continuous operation. A maiden appearance at Hillhead 2018 towards the end of June brought the curtain down on a continued effort to mark a significant milestone in our history.

To commemorate this landmark, our marketing team delved into the archives to broaden our knowledge of the company’s extensive history. This led to a lot of previously unknown information being uncovered and this has been shared via various platforms over the past 12 months.

As a way of publicising our exciting discoveries, a detailed 160th celebratory video was launched and used to officially kick start various activities. The short production digs into the company’s rich heritage and spans the period between 1857 and the present day. The video can be found on our dedicated 160th web-page along with an image gallery of original photographs and press cuttings.

Throughout the 12 months, a special 160th logo has appeared on all promotional materials and pump-related content along with various features and advertisements in external publications that include Construction Plant News, WET News and Construction News.

As well as producing external anniversary-related content, we have also been posting a series of weekly tweets throughout the year sharing snippets of interesting information. This has covered facts about the company’s founders, our involvement in both World Wars, major jobs we have assisted and old product photographs highlighting the giant steps we have made since our establishment.

In line with the special anniversary, Sykes Pumps recently introduced two industry-leading pumps and have upgraded our accessories and auxiliary equipment as part of a wider commitment to maximising environmental compliance. The launch of these innovative products has helped further strengthen our reputation as the country’s leading supplier of specialist pump hire equipment.

To celebrate the contributions of those who have helped the company achieve this milestone, a 3-stage internal bowling competition was organised for all UK staff. The games began in January and continued into June, with over 250 people from the company coming together and joining in with the festivities to battle it out for the coveted championship title!

To round things off, our team took part in this year’s Hillhead exhibition where thousands of major players in the industry were in attendance. The presence of a fully functional 19th century steam engine – Nessie – which was once part of our hire fleet more than 100 years ago, ensured a constant stream of visitors were drawn to our stand during the exhibition. A wonderful piece of innovation from a bygone era, Nessie acted as a perfect embodiment of the quality and longevity our customers associate with Sykes Pumps products.

Although the celebrations have now come to a fitting conclusion, we will continue to revel in the company’s remarkable progress which we use as a yardstick for planned future growth.

A number of things have changed since the business was established 160 years ago, but our unwavering commitment to providing high levels of service and optimum pumping solutions remains exactly the same.