Our Story

Owben began as a small family-run business in 2011, established by Richard Walsh and Lee Finney, to meet the needs of local North East businesses who were struggling to find what they needed in their engineering contractors.

As we have grown over the years, we’ve broadened our skillset and grown an enviable reputation as a quality provider of bespoke electrical and mechanical engineering, at the same time maintaining the family-feel aspect of the business. We have a workforce of permanent employees, and have family working side by side, just like when we first started out.

We are dedicated to investing in our current team as well as in the next generation of engineers through apprentices, who we are particularly passionate about, and strongly believe in the standards we work to.

Owben team member working on laptop


At Owben, our vision is to drive the UK economy and its international reputation through high-quality engineering and supply chain services, and that means investing in and empowering our team to be able to deliver our clients the best service.  

A way in which we do that is through our core values; they not only make our employees feel like what they do matters, it also ensures our clients know our service is right for them.  Our six core values are:


We understand the power of effective team-work. Whether we are supporting your team or working alongside each other, we ensure that each individual can easily adapt to working with various team members, depending on our project or client.


We pride ourselves on being trusted partners to our clients and suppliers. And we are proud of a team ethic based on trust. As leaders, we empower our engineers by putting trust in them to carry out jobs to the highest standard.


Knowledge sharing is key to ensuring that our apprentices and colleagues can learn from years of knowledge from their managers. ​​We always ensure that we stay knowledgeable about the latest in engineering and processes to further support our clients’ success.


We have a commitment to ensuring that our clients’ products and systems are to the highest quality and we do that by ensuring that our Quality Accreditations are up to date and adhered to.


Our business has been built on reputation. It reassures us to know that anyone that works with - or for - Owben speaks highly of us.


Giving back to the communities in which we work matters to us. We want to share our success with others in need and we want to help younger generations reach their full potential.