History

“You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do”

Henry Ford

1878

 

Thomas W Ward starts his business delivering coal in a hand cart around Sheffield

 

1898

 

His Brothers join the business expanding into Scrap Ship Breaking and Machinery

 
 

1903

 

Move into Albion Works just off the Wicker in Sheffield

 

1916

 

As all the Company’s Horses are sent to the Western front …Lizzie an Indian Elephant is used for pulling wagons, the chairman’s roses that year were spectacular

 

1942

 

The Company is involved in “recovery work “on the German Battleship “Admiral Graff Spee”

 

1956

 

The first Generating sets are built at Albion Works

 

1960

 

Thos W Ward has become a multi-national conglomerate with over 120 associated companies with a turnover exceeding £300,000,000

 
 

1972

 

Bob Linley joins the Company ill fitting flared trousers kipper ties and moustaches are essential work wear for the go getting salesman

 

1974

 

The trade name WARDPOWER is established covering a range of generating sets  25-1000 KVA

 

1975

 

WARDPOWER generating sets are exported worldwide. 72 countries so far and counting.

 

1978

 

A 725 KVA Dorman generating set is the main exhibit at the Centenary show celebrating 100 years of trading

 

1983

 

Thos W Ward PLC is taken over by Rio Tinto Zinc

 

1987

 

Bob Linley John Pascoe and Trevor Savage together with 3i’s and Tom Campbell carry out a Buyout of the Wardpower generating set division, the new Company is called Sheafpower ltd and it is established at Wardpower Works Wicker lane

 

1991

 

The Company’s emphasis is on bespoke purpose built power generation systems

 

1998

 

Wins major projects with IBM and Vodafone

 

2001

 

Keith Marshall is appointed as Sales Director and establishes Wardpower as a major player in the design manufacture and installation of bespoke power generation systems

 

2007

 

Several “type registrations “for National Grid are achieved together with numerous quality and management accreditations

 

2015

 

Wardpower are the longest established designers and builders of Power generation systems in the united kingdom

 

 

We are asked frequently “what’s the tie up between Wardpower and Sheafpower, hopefully the information above will help explain, following the buyout in 1987, we were not allowed us to use the Name Wardpower in our title for 5 years, that’s the reason for Sheafpower, Sheaf is the river that gives Sheffield its name, nowadays our organisation is promoted as Wardpower we own the trade name.