The Rt. Hon. Dr Vincent Cable MP joins us in celebrating our 40th Anniversary
On Friday 24th October, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Vincent Cable MP helped Butterworth Laboratories Ltd celebrate their 40th Anniversary and officially opened their recently refurbished laboratories and reception area in Waldegrave Road, Teddington.
Back in 1974, a dream was made a reality, when the laboratory doors of Butterworth Microanalytical Consultancy were opened. 40 years on with just a slight change to the name in 1977, and a move around the corner, Butterworth Laboratories is still going strong under the helm of Doris Butterworth CSci CChem FRSC FIoD, Managing Director.
When the National Physical Laboratory closed its Elemental Microanalysis Lab in 1974, Doris had the foresight to recognise the growing need in industry to continue providing Elemental Microanalytical testing. From this conviction, Butterworth’s was born. Starting off with just one assistant, the Company has grown in laboratory and associated office space, to now accommodate over 57 full time staff - and it is still growing.
“I am proud of the fact that we are still an independently run company with the reputation of providing high quality analytical laboratory services to both UK and International Clients. Over the past 5 years or so, we have successfully navigated our way through the uncertain waters of the economic downturn and instead of just standing still we have grown steadily,” comments Doris Butterworth.
Doris continues, “This year we have not only been recognised in the Richmond and Twickenham Business Awards for Exports, but we have also completed a project which saw the movement of our archives off site to free up space for a much needed additional laboratory. The demand for our services is such that we need to improve the site we have occupied for over 36 years and we have made an application to add a second storey to the existing footprint. It was a great honour to have Dr Vincent Cable recognise our long association and presence in Teddington and to help us celebrate this very special year."
During the tour of the facilities which included the new laboratory space, Dr. Vincent Cable remarked "One of the things that you realise coming here is that there are outstanding, cutting edge organisations like Butterworth providing very high quality local employment, yet so few people know about them. This is why acknowledging them at the Richmond Business Awards is so important. Butterworth Laboratories has some expansion plans which seem very sensible and responsible, and I am perfectly happy to offer my general support.”