Pullman News

Parent Company Welcomes New Addition

Pullman Instruments' parent company, the Everett Smith Group, is pleased to announce the successful purchase of Calibration UK Ltd, a Wigan based mechanical calibration company. 

This new addition to the group follows the highly successful purchase of the widely respected Climatic Services Ltd in 2013, who provides repairs and calibration services to the specialist environmental testing sector in the north of England and Scotland.

Nathan Smith, CEO of the Everett Smith group, said,"The purchase of both Climatic Services UK Ltd. and Calibration UK Ltd. are very much in line with the 5 year plan which we have implemented from 2012. Our aim and focus is to increase our presence in the UK service and calibration sector in a twofold way. Firstly, through a continued development of our core disciplines, building on the high standards of accreditation we have achieved, and, secondly, in geographical areas we have not had a presence. Our aim has been to offer multi-discipline calibrations through procurement. Concentrating on the development of the group through acquisition also allows us to increase our geographical locations, increasing access to other areas of the country."

Nathan went on to say,"Calibration UK Ltd. fits perfectly into the Pullman portfolio. It is a well established company, currently enjoying their 24th year in business. It has a very specific core skill base of dimmensional test and measurement to both traceable and UKAS standards, allowing us access to another market we were previously inactive in."

Doug and Margaret Earl, founders of Calibration UK Ltd. commented on the acquisition by saying,"We see this as a very positive development for us. Having seen what Pullman Instruments has to offer its customers and the synergy between the two companies and their respective customer bases."

We would like to welcome Calibration UK Ltd. to the 'family' and look forward to working with them in planning and carrying out many projects together with them in the future.

Mark Kendall







Pullman Instruments’ new “Colin Smith Laboratory” opened by Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones

Pullman Head Office, Chatsworth House, Harrogate - Wednesday 1st July 2015

On Friday 26th June Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Dept. of Transport and Member of Parliament for Harrogate, opened the new “Colin Smith Laboratory” with many customers, employees and local people in attendance.

The opening of the new Laboratory begins a new chapter in the Harrogate Company’s history in taking the opportunity to name it after Pullman Instruments’ founder Colin Smith, who passed away in 2014. Pullman Instruments have invested heavily in the construction of the new facility which will enable a higher level of service to its customers both old and new. Through the new facility it will effectively double their capacity allowing Pullman to provide a wide range of services for their clients. Much of the calibration refence equipment has also been upgraded increasing the efficiency of its services provided to its customer base, bringing a quicker turnaround, making Pullman Instruments one of the most competitive companies in the UK instrument calibration market.


At the opening, Andrew Jones MP said,” This is a real success story. Success in the sense that you are growing, value added, high skilled… it’s just the sort of thing that we actually need in our economy as a whole. If we could replicate the Pullman story across our country we would be in a far better place.” He continued by saying,” What you have achieved is clearly fantastic. I like the the business is a nice family business, that you are naming it after Colin Smith (father of Pullman Group CEO Nathan Smith) and that’s a lovely way to think about the business past and build upon that success for the future.


Pullman Group CEO, and son of Colin, Nathan Smith said,” It was great to finally open the new 'Colin Smith Laboratory'  at the beginning of our open day and share that with some old and new customers. Hopefully the new capacity will benefit  the company as we continue to grow, along with the increasing investment, that has been made in turn key tecnologies for the lab  over the last few months and years. Even though the day has passed with success, we are more than happy for others to come and have a look and see what we have to offer. “


Mark Kendall, Director of Pullman Instruments, said,” The open day proved to be a great success, it was the culmination of  months of planning and hard work on the part of the service team that we were able to present to our customers a much clearer insight into the capabilities we can offer, we were pleased to have in attendance representatives from most of the Manufacturers  who we are approved by, they also had an opportunity to see the changes we had made. We look forward to the future now with  an increased confidence.”


A range of visitors including customers, dignitaries, suppliers and Pullman staff had the opportunity to see the new laboratory in action with Andrew Jones being shown around the new facility by Pullman Director Mark Kendall.