A Blackpool business has developed friends in high places – after securing a series of hair-raising jobs.
Rope Access Inspections North West was founded by James Evans last year but has already carried out work that has put it right in the public eye.
His team have been tackling vital quarterly roof inspections at Blackpool Tower, having won the contract last month.
They have carried out work on the roof at Jungle Jim’s and were called in during the wintery weather to help out when debris blew off the Oracle, closing the road.
James even dressed up as superhero Spiderman when carrying out difficult access maintenance work at a school in Knightsbridge, London.
He said: “Obviously things are a little quiet through December but since the new year things have really taken off.
“We have secured some great contracts and things are expanding so much we have had to find new premises.”
He said they now occupy offices in Poulton above the Bargain Booze shop in Market Place having left their previous base in Newton Drive, Blackpool.
“We sub contract the work out and we have a great team of experienced rope access lads who move from project to project.
“It is obviously great to be working at The Tower – something so symbolic and a structure I have seen nearly everyday of my life that controls the skyline of Blackpool.
“We have got some exciting prospects this year including the launch of the wi- fi camera inspections using the latest in radio controlled technology.
“We have carried out work for the council too and the other day were called out to the Oracle after a piece of debris from the air conditioning panels blew off on to the road.
“We were called out to net the units so that it cannot happen again.
“We have been putting up bird netting on buildings in London and carrying out maintenance. We were at Knightsbridge School. I dressed up in a superman outfit because of the kids.
“We have also been working high on the Guild Hall in Preston. We have been picking up quite a few projects locally.
“We have been going to the various networking sessions on around the area, working hard to make new contacts and it has paid off.
“We are Safe Contractor registered and we have just had a stand at The Energy/ Renewables/Water Event at the Birmingham NEC which should help secure us more contracts not only locally but across Europe.
“Things are going from strength to strength.”
James’ company was founded with the help of the Blackpool Get Started programme.
James added: “The council’s course was vital for us to get going, with the advice and business plans and tips on social media and promoting our business.”
Geoff Reeves, who hosts the courses which help people thinking of starting their own business launch their dreams, said: “This is a fabulous success for him, and our famous Tower.”