A  Hartlepool -born former Marine has moved his successful inspection and testing business into the town’s Innovation Centre to meet growing demand for its services from the UK and Europe.

Eagle Eye CS was set up in 2016 by Director Scott Standing and, following strong growth, he brought in close friend and fellow ex-Marine  Richard Henderson, also from Hartlepool, to support UK operations.

Having acquired a raft of qualifications and wide experience in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection following his Marine service, Eagle Eye CS began when Scott faced redundancy and decided to use those skills in his own business.

The company offers a unique service combining drone and NDT, which uses electromagnetic radiation, sound and other signal conversions.  It provides quality inspections for companies in sectors that include oil and gas, energy, construction and pharmaceutical.

The much-needed move into the Innovation Centre, operated by UK Steel Enterprise on the Queens Meadow Business Park, will allow the company to grow further.   It already has teams operating on projects around the UK, Belgium, Holland, Poland and Romania.

“More and more companies are looking to benefit from the accurate, safe and cost-effective way of carrying out inspections that we can offer,” said Scott, who is currently promoting a new ultrasonic testing drone.

“We use state-of-the-art technology including multi-rotor UAVs to give them the close high-resolution pictures of hard-to-reach areas they need. Our images are invaluable for projects such as site design, health and safety inductions, evacuation plans, tendering and structural inspections.   Component failure on vessels, buildings or piping can cause a significant hazard or economic loss to businesses.

“Now we are in the Innovation Centre, which is a prestigious building and has the office space, facilities and support we need, we can concentrate on our plans for a big push to grow the business. We have just returned from London where we staged a seminar and demonstrations for a number of blue-chip companies,” he added.

Scott and Richard both moved their careers into inspection which has included responsibility for the safety and integrity of vessels and a major pipe laying operation in the Arabian Gulf as well as in supervisory roles around the UK.

Joan Cook of UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel business support subsidiary, said:  “We are pleased that Eagle Eye CS has settled in so quickly and that the Centre will play a part in helping the business to grow further.”

Details of UK Steel Enterprise’s support for businesses is on 01642 777 777 and www.uksteelenterprise.co.uk.  Eagle Eye CS is on 01429 239534 and www.eagleeyecs.co.uk.