If you don’t know already we were at the Made in Scotland Awards recently which we are really proud of. In its second year, the Made in Scotland Awards is all about celebrating development and discoveries within Scottish industries. From across the board, the Made in Scotland Awards celebrate and award innovation. View more on the Made in Scotland Awards here.
Our two nominations got us thinking – why did we get nominated? It got us thinking about the bigger picture too.
What is European Circuits all about? What makes us who we are? What’s our history and what’s our ethos? We thought we would tell you the story behind the business and tell the story of European Circuits and why that enabled us to be considered at such a prestigious event like the Made in Scotland Awards.
Who We Are
Headed by Managing Director, Mark Briscoe, the company has grown from humble beginnings to become one of Europe’s leading PCB fabrication and assembly houses.
Our goal is simple – to provide customers with assistance and advice about their PCB requirements, produce these requirements to a high quality, on time, and with excellent customer service whether that is prototype PCB’s or production volumes.
European Circuits is a privately owned company established in 1999. The company headquarters are based in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire and we supply throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world (enquiries from 19 countries and counting) offering full integration services including PCB design, manufacture, PTH and SMT assembly, cable assemblies, test and full product build.
The company has grown from the 2500sq feet industrial unit we originally occupied to the 17,500sq feet factory we inhabit today. Our dedicated team’s hard work and commitment to meeting and surpassing our customers individual needs throughout the years has been the root of our strong growth.
Image: Mark’s father, William, started the company in this small industrial unit.
Furthermore, the company’s philosophy holds true to the vision and strategy set out by William and Mark right from the start – hard work, honesty and a willingness to learn on the job. When interviewing candidates, these are the traits we look for straight away.
Image: The old factory in the 90’s
The company now boasts a £3 Million turnover and has received enquiries from 19 countries, some as far away as Australia and Uruguay.
How European Circuits Has Evolved
The company is in many ways a real gem of a secret success story for the area of Clydebank and we believe we should be shouting louder about the positive impact the company is making in the West Dunbartonshire area as well as at a national level.
In 2016, aware of increased online customer demand, the company completely revamped its website – making it responsive to mobile and tablet devices plus investing money and resource into social media, SEO and targeted online advertising campaigns.
Image: Present Day
The company also branched out and exhibited at 5 exhibitions in 2016, whilst visiting another for research purposes in Madrid, Spain.
Further to this considerable marketing and sales push, the company invested in new equipment for the factory, including a brand new SMT machine which has significantly increased the company’s service capability.
European Circuits staff produced hundreds of new and existing products for customers in the UK, Europe and the world.
Image: Present Day
European Circuits Future Direction
As we head through 2017, European Circuits is planning to increase sales and marketing efforts both online and offline. The team plan to increase the amount of exhibitions to 7 in the calendar year, including 3 overseas. Whilst also working alongside our digital agency to further our presence online by producing valuable content for customers and prospects.
Image: Present Day
The factory is always an area we look to improve on, with an X-ray machine being one of the larger purchases we are certainly considering in the not too distant future. The facility itself is also on the company’s radar with architectural plans already sought for future expansion of the grounds and it’s mezzanine floors.
Please stay up to date on everything European Circuits via our blog or get in contact and we can discuss how we can assist you.