Company name
Ainscough Industrial Services


What town/city are you based in?

Number of generations
3rd generation


Number of employees


Tell us about your family business (What you do, how you started, who’s involved etc)
In 1982 Ainscough Engineering was formed. The company began a national expansion program and in 2001 due to the success and size of the business it became a limited company in its own right.

In March 2005 Ainscough Engineering acquired Pickfords Vanguard (an amalgamation of Pickfords Industrial Services and Vanguard Engineering) becoming one of the largest providers of integrated and professional Industrial Engineering Services in the UK and Europe.

Today, under the control of the third generation of the Ainscough family, Matt, Ainscough, Ainscough Industrial Services remains the UK’s largest privately owned management business that owns and supports a number of subsidiary businesses providing engineering services to industry covering six core functions: Mechanical, Installation, Pipework, Electrical, Fabrication and Technical Lifting.

What’s your proudest moment/biggest achievement as a family business?
My proudest achievement has been to be in a position to be able to make the decisions that have helped the company to continually expand, for example by adding a suite of “Core Engineering Competencies”  that the business needed to provide an all-encompassing service. Although I realise that this would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees who are and will always be the heart of our business.

What do you love about being a family business?
Running a family business is rewarding by the fact that you are able to see your accomplishments and knowing that you made them happen. I like the hands-on approach, with customer satisfaction providing me with job satisfaction. If we can solve their problem with the least amount of interruption and at the best price we have achieved our goal.