Our history


DATS is proud to be celebrating its 60th year! Here’s our incredible journey so far…


Founder, Trevor Nickson, completes a five-year apprenticeship with ICI and is promoted to the company’s design offices. However, craving a greater challenge than his nine-to-five routine, Trevor takes the decision to ‘go it alone’ and DATS CAD Services is established.


Metal Box, DATS’ first client, gives Trevor the opportunity to run a three-month project for three people with a Northwest manufacturing company.

Adverts placed locally bring a line of candidates to the office. 45 are interviewed with at least half suitable for the project.

DATS Recruitment is born.


DATS breaks into the Chemical and Nuclear industries, becoming the main supplier to UKAEA, which later became BNFL.


DATS becomes involved in a major glass plant for Pilkington’s, with other Pilk’s companies,  Triplex and Firbreglass, also becoming clients.


The large space in Royal Avenue is rented and converted into a new project and design office, attracting a number of new contracts. DATS starts working with clients in Algeria.


As the business continues to expand, the bank agrees to invest £1.5m in the renovation of the old school building on Norland’s Lane. DATS’ new office space is opened in 1986.



Stuart Nickson (Trevor’s brother) took over as MD.


Trevor’s son, Stephen, joins the business, beginning in the CAD office and later moving into the recruitment division.


Board Director, Simon Hancock, joins the business.


Trevor officially retires and brother, Stuart becomes MD.


Stuart retires and Stephen Nickson steps into the role of MD.


DATS moves from its Norland’s Lane office to its current location on Palmyra Square, Warrington.


DATS Recruitment takes the decision to focus business primarily on the Northwest, positioning itself as a regional specialist. DATS CAD continues to work nationally, and internationally.


DATS wins an award for The Best Use of Apprentices at the prestigious Recruitment International Awards


DATS celebrates its 60th year with an office refurb and updates to its websites and brand.

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