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Wigan company helping to turn back the devastating flood tide.

Standish-based Mather and Stuart was asked to supply mobile generator sets after rising waters knocked out parts of the national grid.

Their equipment has helped to power lights and pumps as the emergency services work around the clock to deal with the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters this century.

But the 23-year-old firm, which has a 7m turnover, is no stranger to high profile contracts. It already supplies the massive emergency ‘power station’ sets which sit alongside the London Eye and its machines are on standby outside the Millennium Dome, which is set for a new life as a rock concert venue.

Marketing director Mark Stuart, 25, son of the joint company founder, said:

“We have a national reputation and are called upon in times of crisis. When the floods caused terrible problems in Sheffield, we were asked to provide power to the city. Within an hour we were able to despatch 13 generators to provide emergency power around Sheffield. We have now built sufficient reputation to enable us to become one of the largest generator hire specialists in the country and we have many blue chip companies on our books, including the Millennium Dome and the London Eye.”

Still based on Bradley Hall Industrial Estate where it started in 1984, but now with satellite operations nationwide, the firm was founded by the late Bill Mather and Fred Stuart, who had worked for a multi-national construction company.

They set up after noticing a gap in the market for the hire of large welding sets. Three years later, the company received an inquiry from a contractor employed at Sellafield nuclear power station in Cumbria for a generator.

Although the firm didn’t actually have such a piece of equipment, one was quickly bought and sent to Cumbria within 24 hours. British Nuclear Fuels was so impressed by the prompt service they ordered two containerised generators which remained on the Sellafield site for three years.

In 2000 the company adopted a growth strategy built around a new generation of the two families entering the business world. This included Mark’s elder brother Lee Stuart as sales director, and Bill’s son Tony Mather as operations director.

Today Mather and Stuart operates throughout the UK backed up by satellite service depots around the country and has a fleet of more than 850 generators.

Managing director Fred Stuart said:

“Now we have the next generation on board, together with first-class staff who we can depend on, we are able to develop the company. We are totally committed to steadily expanding the fleet, so should an urgent inquiry be received, we have the unique ability to purchase equipment quickly through very strong supply relationships that we have developed throughout the UK and Europe. It’s this dedication to the customer that has helped us grow.”