Team of professionals

Concept CAD was formed in 2005 following the withdrawal of Celestica from the UK printed circuit board design market. Paul Butterworth and Glenn Shiels, both senior engineers at Celestica, made the decision to continue supplying quality designs and products to the UK market. Initial investment was in the Cadence Expert toolset before 2008 saw further growth. Significant spending on both design staff and software immediately resulted in an increase in the number of licenses being purchased.

Years of high-end exposure to Cadence Allegro PCB design tools have given us the experience and know-how required to offer the highest level of service to our customers. Consistent, quality designs and a high level of customer care has earned Concept CAD a reputation as being one of the UKs PCB Design specialists.

Our investment in the full Allegro suite range of PCB design tools means we can provide services and features only offered by a small number of UK companies. It also enables us to design and control most aspects of circuit boards, both physical and electrical and our designers are experts in manually routing highly complex and complicated PCB designs.

What we can offer you

We provide a professional, high quality service to all of our customers, and our commitment to meeting deadlines is unsurpassed in the industry. Our highly flexible printed circuit board design service ensures that your layout is completed to your exact specifications with our specialist approach to providing a complete contract PCB layout service meaning that quality is assured.

We also make sure all design requirements are captured and documented before work begins, with all areas of our services audited upon project completion.

With locations in Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham, and provision for on-site support anywhere in the UK, Concept CAD has the capacity to cope with the most demanding projects. Our engineers are available for anything from single day site visits to extended on site working. All have many years experience in PCB design and dealing directly with customers.

Meet Our Team

We’re a bunch of technical engineering experts. Want to know more about us? Give the team a call today!

Paul ButterworthDirector
Over the past 30 years, Paul has worked in various Electronic roles, including manufacture, test and repair before moving in to the design office around 25 years ago. He worked in oil industry related electronics before joining Celestica as a contract PCB designer and finally co-founding Concept CAD with Glenn Shiels in 2005.
Glenn ShielsDirector
Also, with over 30 years’ experience in Electronics, Glenn has been designing circuit boards most of his professional life. With permanent positions at GEC Plessey Telecoms, Ericsson Mobile, and Apricot Computers before finally joining Celestica where he and Paul met.
Simon HarveySenior PCB Designer
Simon began his career assembling and modifying prototype PCBs at Apricot Computers over 30 years ago before taking a PCB design role, where he first met Glenn. He then moved onto Fujitsu Telecoms and then to Motorola Mobile Devices (Sendo) where he met Glenn again whilst he was working as a consultant. Following the closure of the Motorola facility we were delighted to offer him a position within our team.

“I would like to thank you for the excellent professional design service Concept CAD provided us in supporting our transition to the Cadence tool set. Your expert knowledge of the Cadence tools certainly helped us in the challenging task of moving the design team across to the new tools without seriously affecting the project time scales.

We now have the accolade of the first European team to fully transition to the Cadence tools completely in just a total of 6 months. We appreciate your efforts and acknowledge this would not have been possible without your expert help and guidance. Thank you.”

Richard J.Westoby, ECAD Manager, Motorola

“Concept CAD have done PCB design work for Nidec SR Drives for many years, across a variety of board applications. Working hard in conjunction with our engineers, a high quality layout is consistently produced. We find them professional and very easy to work with, considering our exacting needs; even on tight timeframes. Many thanks for all your efforts!”

Will Blue, Senior Development Engineer Nidec SR Drives, Quadrics Ltd

“Concept CAD have been our major PCB Design partner for a number of years and have taken on a wide variety of boards . Concept CAD have demonstrated a high value add in terms of skill, experience and flexibility. I would not hesitate in using them again and would recommend them to anyone else seeking professional PCB design services.”

David Burch, Drawing Office Manager, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

“Concept CAD have consistently provided us with an excellent board layout service and expertise which has been invaluable in assisting us in the use of the Constraint Manager tool. They demonstrate a professional, flexible, “can do” attitude, which is exactly what we need for us to meet our competitive timescales. Their obvious knowledge of PCB design requirements is present in their designs and also helped us to improve our design processes.”

Simon Shariff, Senior PCB Engineer, Teradyne DS

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