Today marks the 1-year anniversary of our move to North Quay offices at Heysham Port. The move represented the exciting next stage in the development of the business and provided a superb platform for our future growth plans. Although this year especially has proved to be a challenging one for everyone worldwide, we have still managed to make some exceptional progress as over the last 12 months we have recruited 9 new roles and achieved investors in people status.
Sales Director Jim Waite says:
“moving to our new office has provided a fantastic new foundation for the business. We have significantly upgraded our Engineering, Production and Storage facilities and the increased availability of meeting rooms has fostered greater collaboration across departments. The pandemic has presented a considerable challenge for business operations but the available space has enabled us to maintain our high standards of manufacturing and customer service whilst introducing protocols to ensure that our team can operate in a safe and secure environment.”
Here’s to many more successful and happy years of enjoying our fantastic location and views across Morecambe Bay.
We are pleased to announce Forsberg and a number of other Lancaster electronics businesses have been successful as a consortium in receiving funding from the UK Government’s Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to help get new talent into the tech and electronics sector in Lancaster over the coming years.
The project, known as Tech Lancaster was one of 14 projects to receive funding from a £3 million joint venture between UK Government (DCMS), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership (LDSP) and is the first of its kind in the UK. The fund will be utilised to provide employer led top-up technical training in and around the Lancaster area for both existing and prospective staff, with participants who finish the scheme guaranteed interviews at consortia companies. The training will include distance learning modules (MOOCs) and workshop/lab based tuition to help candidates gain industry specific skills (such as IPC certification) to make them work ready for local employers in the electronics and tech sector. The consortia will be working in conjunction with Lancaster and Morecambe College and other partners to deliver the scheme.
We are incredibly proud to be working with other electronics companies in our area to help address the skills gap and make a difference to those underemployed groups within our community. Recruitment and retention in the electronics industry is a constant challenge and as a company we strive to do our best to address this challenge and do what we can to make a difference.
Applications to join the programme are open to all and enrolment will commence in late September through the Tech Lancaster website. You can also follow the hashtag #FastTrackFund
Through the EnginE project our workforce challenges and skills gaps were reviewed, recommending a range of taster masterclasses to look at up-skilling key staff, and providing us with a Skills Champion Internship to help us get the latest version of our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system off the ground.
“Joe Dodd, our bespoke project intern – a second year Finance and Economics student at Lancaster University – had prior experience with systems and operations processes. He certainly met our expectations and the outcome had a positive impact on our business. Even now that internship has finished, the ERP system he helped to set up is live and still growing. We were impressed with what was achieved in the 8 weeks, and we’ve used the experience to inform the creation of a new role in this area.”
Dr Raphael Treffny – Operations Manager at Forsberg Services Ltd.
Joe says the respect – and the impact – was mutual.
“My presence provided an outside perspective, coming into the business with a lot of energy, with a different view on how things could work. I sparked some interesting conversations with staff, and within departments, and we got people coming together to create more efficient processes.”
“The internship changed my future career objectives. I realised that an incredibly positive and employee focused SME like Forsberg makes for a great company to be involved with. I hadn’t previously considered this an important aspect of a job – working with passionate people and still feeling cared about by the business at an individual level”.
Joe Dodd – Bespoke Project Intern, Finance and Economics student at Lancaster University.
For more information on the EnginE initiative and to read Lancaster University’s article in full, click here
For anybody wanting an introduction into GNSS technology NovAtel have created a series of short webinars to provide quick overviews of the key themes.
The first four episodes are available to watch now on their website, with more to be added weekly.
We are delighted to now be representing Inertial Labs in the UK. This partnership provides an excellent opportunity for us to broaden our product portfolio and engage with a new range of customers.
Our years of experience working across a broad range of applications ensures we can provide in-depth support and consultancy with confidence for Inertial Labs products.
In a recent Inertial Labs LinkedIn post they said of the union:
“Excited to formally announce our recent partnership with Forsberg! The Position, Navigation and Timing industry in the United Kingdom will now benefit from Inertial Labs Industrial, Tactical and Navigation grade sensor solutions”
For further information, you can read Inertial Labs’ full press release here:
We are delighted to share that we have recently been awarded Highly Commended Employer status from Preston’s College, for providing exemplary support to their young learners. For the past 3 years, we have been supporting Preston’s College alongside the Government in trialling and supporting the new ‘T-Level initiative’ by offering work experience placements, enabling students to complete this qualification and have gone on to convert two of the placements into long term apprenticeship opportunities within our organisation.
“Their support has been exemplary for the college and it has provided a platform to build on whilst providing local talent the opportunity to grow and nurture their skills whilst studying a full-time course. During the trial period Forsberg have led the way in the Engineering sector, over-coming work placement practices and barriers to ensure our students were provided with the best support and opportunities to learn new practical skills.”
Steven Jones, Apprenticeship Training Support Officer at Preston’s College.
We look forward to offering further support to Preston’s college and their students and are excited to see future developments of the T-Level initiative.
Investors in People is delighted to award Forsberg, Heysham based Position, Navigation and Timing experts, We invest in people, standard accreditation.
It means principles and practices around supporting people are in place and everyone understands how to use them to make work better!
Established in 1987 as a navigation consultancy by Charles Forsberg, the company has developed expertise in the provision of position and navigation solutions. Forsberg now offer a range of commercial off the shelf products and design, develop and manufacture bespoke solutions for contracted customers. Now employing 40 people, Forsberg recently moved to new, larger premises at Heysham Port, providing a superb platform for their exciting future growth plans. As an SME, Forsberg understand the importance of employees to the success of the business and take great pride in maximising employee satisfaction.
Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said:
“We’d like to congratulate Forsberg. Being accredited with We invest in people is a remarkable effort for any organisation, and places Forsberg in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.”
Commenting on the award, Managing Director Chris Mayne, said:
“We are proud to achieve this award as recognition to a lot of hard work and effort by all to build a positive culture within the company. The award provides a further step in our journey to improve productivity through upskilling and investment in our team; making Forsberg a desirable employer and a successful business”.
Congratulations to these members of the Forsberg team for completing their Manufacturing Excellence Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance (Business Improvement Techniques) in the Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies.
A brilliant effort was put in by the team and it’s been great to see the output from the programme improve and shape our operations. Well done all.
Forsberg has witnessed significant change in recent months as the company prepares for future success; a rebrand, an office relocation and now exciting changes in leadership. Charles Forsberg is stepping down from his position as Managing Director and handing over the position to his heir apparent Chris Mayne, previously Operations Director.
Charles established the company name in 1987 acting as Managing Director of a steadily developing and changing navigation business. He has driven the company from a small consultancy to a navigation engineering company, currently employing 41 people with exciting growth plans for the future. Charles remains majority owner and will continue to play a significant role in the business, acting as Chief Technical Officer. This will enable Charles to focus his passion and engineering expertise in driving innovation with the business.
Chris has worked for Forsberg for 16 years, fulfilling the role of Operations Director for 7 years. He began his Forsberg career as an Engineering Assistant and subsequently drove his career and expertise whilst working across all facets of the business. Chris recently completed an MA in Management and Leadership at Lancaster University, this, along with his extensive knowledge of the company and operations, made him the natural choice to lead Forsberg into the 2020s.
“Chris has been working alongside me for many years, during recent years inheriting many aspects of the Managing Director role. This has enabled me to focus on strategic opportunities. Chris’ passion and dedication to the company is unrivalled. His excellent customer and industry knowledge, combined with academic accomplishments in business management, made him the undisputed choice.”
Charles Forsberg FRIN – Owner/Chief Technical Officer, Forsberg Services Ltd
We wish Chris and Charles every success in their new roles and are excited for the future of Forsberg.
Forsberg were invited to present at the Hydrographic Society GNSS Interference and Spoofing workshop. A joint workshop of the Hydrographic Society Benelux (HSB), Geo-Informatie Nederland (GIN) and the Dutch Institute for Navigation (NIN).
The workshop was held on Thursday, December the 12th, 2019, 13:00 – 17:30, with focus on Radio jamming through microwaves, cables and other electronics and conscious jamming and what can be done about it in 2020?
Charles Forsberg presented on behalf of Forsberg Services on ‘Jamming Detection’ the full presentation can be accessed here Jammer Detection Presentation
For more information on the workshop line up and to access the other presentations head to the Hydrographic Society Benelux Website.