ESTC, one of the country’s leading suppliers of training to football stewards is ending the year on a high after netting international contracts and Royal recognition.
The ESTC Group in Cheshire, which celebrates its 5th birthday this month, is an international player in the field of stewarding and security at major sporting events.
It was the lead contractor providing training to stewards at the Confederation Cup in 2009 and the World Cup earlier this year.
ESTC also ensures the health and safety of football fans at many premier league clubs across the UK including Manchester City, Tottenham and West Ham and a variety of non-league clubs such as Nantwich Town, Glapwell and Sheffield.
In the summer it scooped a 10-year contract to work with the football authorities in Greece and Cyprus while being honoured with an invitation to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for helping to inspire international trade.
ESTC director, Eileen Williams and business partner, Cliff Simpson, also carried off a prestigious UKTI Passport to Export award after turning the company into a global leader in its a field.
Their entrepreneurial spirit has also seen them develop several sought-after facets to the business including first aid training and a variety of apprenticeships and NVQs.
As a training provider, the company faced its first Ofsted inspection in September and passed with flying colours, gaining Grade 2 - a remarkable achievement for such a young company.
Eileen, a mother-of-five, said: “When we look back at the past five years, the growth has been pretty phenomenal. As well as winning major contracts, we have been delighted to be able to offer young people from our community jobs in an industry they love and develop new links with football clubs UK and worldwide.”
Based in Nantwich, ESTC’s success story impressed the area MP Edward Timpson who made a special visit to congratulate the team and share in their birthday celebration.