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GES Attend Chamber Meeting

Rachel Doherty - Monday, September 07, 2015

GES attended Ballymena Chamber's Autumn Business Breakfast at the Adair Arms Hotel, where the guest speaker was DETI Minister Jonathan Bell.

In his speech, Mr Bell congratulated Ballymena on being the first town in Northern Ireland to implement a Business Improvement District (BID). He also highlighted a number of initiatives being driven by his Department to strengthen and develop the economy. These included the Small Business Loan and the Growth Fund, the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme and the non-domestic Empty Property Relief Scheme. He also pointed out that fast, reliable and robust telecommunications are essential, while stating that the NI telecommunications structure was well ahead of most of the UK and Europe, though there is still scope for further improvement.

GES Group were recognised for their investment in growth and improvement at the breakfast, with the Minister commenting on our recent £300,000 investment in our Mallusk facility. 

Photo L-R Front Row: Mayor Billy Ashe, Chamber President Alan Stewart, Minister Jonathan Bell MLA, and Cllr Audrey Wales MBE.

Back Row: Chamber Members Ronan McCann, Eugene McKeever MBE and David Moore, GES Group.

GES Group Win Industry Award!

Rachel Doherty - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GES Group are proud to announce they are the winners of the Green Fleet of the Year award at the Business Eye Fleet Industry Awards 2015.

The prestigious awards were held at Titanic Belfast, and featured Fleet Operators, Fleet Suppliers and Car Manufacturers. The Green Fleet of the Year award recognises a company that has placed environmental concerns high on the agenda, including cutting CO2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency, to enable fleets to meet social corporate responsibilities.

GES were accredited to ISO 14001 in 2013, and in-line with our continuous improvement culture, seek to manage and improve our environmental performance. We invested in the latest TomTom Telematics technologies to monitor fuel consumption, and advise drivers on safer, more efficient, driving methods and routes. Monitoring Key Performance Indicators through the system, such as excessive idling, speeding, harsh breaking and MPG, meant we were taking a ground-up and transparent approach to fleet management. The result of our efforts in promoting safer and more efficient driving, has lead to a 13% saving in fuel economy, and an environmentally responsible culture.

Birdies, Bogeys, and Dings!

Rachel Doherty - Tuesday, July 07, 2015

GES Group held a Golf Day (the GES Masters!) at Ballyclare Golf Club on Friday 3rd of July. The weather was perfect, the athletes were impeccably dressed, and the scores weren't so bad either! 

We had an excellent turnout on the day, which was highly enjoyed by all who attended. Here's hoping for an even bigger turnout next year!

  • First Place: Mark McLean
  • Second Place: Christopher Love
  • Third Place: Rodney Paul
  • Best Gross: Christopher Love
  • Closest to the Pin: Christopher Love
  • Longest Drive: Daniel Smyth

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Earn As You Learn With GES Group!

Rachel Doherty - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Would you like to gain a Foundation Degree in Engineering, without paying student fees, and earning a competitive salary as you learn?


GES Group are pleased to offer 4 Apprentice positions in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, in partnership with the Northern Regional College.

Successful applicants will embark on a 4 year Apprenticeship Programme, plus a qualifying Junior Engineer year, gaining a Level 3 Diploma and Level 5 Foundation Degree.

We are looking for ambitious, flexible and motivated individuals, who are enthusiastic to work within the fast-paced Engineering sector, and who are keen and able to progress to a higher level within their field. The ability to work at heights and/or in confined spaces is a pre-requisite, and applicants must not be colour blind.

Download a full Job Description, and an Application Form here.

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GES Sponsor Purple Ladies 5K

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Springwell Running Club hosted the 3rd annual Purple Ladies 5K road-race in Ballymoney on Wednesday, 29th April 2015. The ladies-only event, sponsored by GES Group, attracted a record entry of over 200 athletes!

All participants enjoyed the charged atmosphere on what was a lack-lustre day weather-wise. This year the runners were joined by Fit Mums Causeway Coast, who jogged the course with their young ones. There were a number of impressive performances which went a long way in brightening up the day, with Gemma Turley producing an outstanding display, securing her victory in 19.13mins. Well done, Gemma! 

Looking forward to next year already, ladies!

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GES Officially Re-Open Mallusk Branch!

Rachel Doherty - Monday, March 23, 2015

GES Group's expanded and refurbished 26,000 sq. ft. Mallusk facility was officially re-opened by Alastair Hamilton, CEO of InvestNI on Monday 9th March, 2015. 

With over 40 years' experience in heavy engineering, the Mallusk division provides a range of specialist services to a wide variety of industries, including: rewinding, machining, fabrication, dynamic balancing, vibration analysis and machine condition monitoring. The £300,000 investment also allowed for the Group's electric panel building division, GES Automation, to relocate from their Antrim premises to the refurbished and purpose-built Mallusk facility. 

Welcoming the Group’s recent investment, Invest NI’s CEO Alastair Hamilton, said: “GES Group is an excellent example of a local company that is continuously pursuing new opportunities and evolving to meet changing customer demands. The recent investment in marketing and job creation, supported by Invest NI, will enable GES to seek out new customers while the new staff at Mallusk and Ballymena will ensure the capacity to service its expanding customer base.”

Following the official re-opening, GES hosted an Open Day for customers, suppliers and special guests on Wednesday 11th March, 2015. Click here for more information on the Open Day, and to view the gallery of photos.  

GES Mallusk Open Day 2015!

Rachel Doherty - Monday, March 23, 2015

GES Group welcomed their customers, key members of industry, and special guests to their Mallusk Open Day, held on Wednesday 11th March, 2015. 

The aim of the Open Day was to showcase the Group's recent £300,000 investment in their Mallusk premises, which included an extension and significant refurbishment, creating a 26,000 sq. ft. purpose-built facility. 

The Open Day also presented the Group with the opportunity to highlight their recent re-brand, which has seen their wide variety of products, services and specialisms marketed under 5 key areas: Process Automation, Power & Rotation, Renewable Power, Power Systems and Technical Sales.

This new structure enables GES Group to provide a holistic power and energy solution, in-house, from their suite of services; ensuring high levels of quality for the customer, while enabling GES to be competitive within the market. The Company's approach to business also promotes high levels of efficiency through their ISO programmes, which means positive outputs for the Company's collaborations and partnerships.

Information Workshops

The Open Day began with a series of Information Workshops from GES suppliers and partners Eaton, Schneider, OEM, Brook Crompton, and SMC. This provided guests with a unique networking opportunity - to discover what new products are available on the market, while mixing with a variety of individuals from across a range of industries. 

Speakers' Address

GES Group have benefited from Newtownabbey Borough Council's support in recent years, particularly with their Local Economic Development Programmes. The Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Thomas Hogg, opened the Speakers Address by congratulating GES Group on their success, performance and growth over the past five years, "I’d like to congratulate Tom Grant, David Moore, the Management Team of GES, and all of their staff for achieving real growth for the organisation, and look forward to being able to support the business with more development initiatives in the future. I wish you the best of luck going forward."

Special guest, Con O'Neill, Financial Director of H&W and Chairman of Manufacturing NI, regaled the audience with stories from the Group's past, including their acquisition of H&W's Machine Repair Division in 1997. The Speakers' Address was rounded off by Tom Grant, CEO of GES Group, who entertained the audience with some tales from years gone by, and David Moore, Managing Director of the Group, who shared the Company's vision for growth over the next 5 years, and beyond.

Managing Director, David Moore, commented, "The Open Day for our Mallusk facility was no doubt a landmark for GES Group - we provided customers with a guided tour of our new facility, and launched our new Company structure, culture and vision. 

I'm excited to see the next phase of our Company's growth and development plans - we are introducing a new Management Information System, we are exploring new markets and exporting opportunities, and we are continuing to invest in our employees - through training programmes, Apprenticeship programmes and much needed and necessary up-skilling. There is much more to come from GES Group."

Newtownabbey Mayor, Alderman Thomas Hogg, and Ballymena Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales.Newtownabbey Mayor, Alderman Thomas Hogg, addresses the group.(L to R) Sharon Counsins, InvestNI, Cllr Audrey Wales, Chris Lawton and Darren Grice, both Brook Crompton.
Darren Grice, Brook Crompton, gives Information Workshop at GES Mallusk Open Day 2015Con O'Neill, Financial Director of H&W and Chairman of Manufacturing NI, addresses the audience.Dane Reid, Apprentice Engineer, prepares for the Open Day Workshop Tours.
Daniel Smyth, Junior Engineer, prepares for Open Day Workshop Tours.David Moore, Managing Director GES Group, with Raymond Parke, MBE.David Moore, Managing Director GES Group, presents Cllr Audrey Wales with gift.
David Moore, Managing Director GES Group, addresses the audience.Invited guests enjoying the Open DayDavy McGall, Mallusk Fitter.
James Thomas, Eaton, with Ballymena Mayor Audrey WalesOEM Supplier StandEaton Supplier Stand
Mallusk Workshop Supervisor, Eddie Stewart, in the Machining sectionGES Automation WorkshopGES Group Mallusk Open Day 2015
Invited guests enjoying the day's events!Customers enjoying the Information WorkshopsCustomers enjoying the Information Workshops
Mallusk Open Day 2015Crowds gather at the Mallusk Open Day!Workshop Tour with Ray McHugh, Mallusk Workshop Manager
Workshop Tour with Ray McHugh, Mallusk Workshop ManagerWorkshop Tour with Rodney Paul, GES Automation ManagerWorkshop Tour with Rodney Paul, GES Automation Manager
Workshop Tour with Rodney Paul, GES Automation ManagerWorkshop Tour with Ray McHugh, Mallusk ManagerGES Group Mallusk Open Day 2015
GES Engineers and Apprentices in Mallusk WorkshopGES Engineers and Apprentices in Mallusk WorkshopGES Engineer with company generator
GES Group Mallusk Open Day 2015GES 4th Year Apprentice, Curtis Wallace, on the GES Stand with the eTrackerGES 4th Year Apprentice, Curtis Wallace, on the GES Stand with the eTracker
Lawrence Green, NRC, with Michelle Pearson, Newtownabbey CouncilDavid Leeper and Pete Acheson, Montupet, check out GES Group's new brochureOEM Supplier Stand
Paul Baker, GES Mallusk Engineer winds a motorRay McHugh, Mallusk Workshop Manager, gives a tour of the facilityRay McHugh, GES Group, and William Matthews, Michelin PLC
GES Group Directors welcome guests to the Open DayRichard Paul, GES Technical Director, presents Con O'Neill, Financial Director of H&W with giftGES Automation Manager, Rodney Paul, welcomes guests to the Open Day
Ronnie Gaston with David Moore, GES GroupSchneider Supplier Stand with delegates from Moy ParkSchneider Supplier Stand
Schneider Supplier StandSharon Cousins, InvestNI at the Brook Crompton display standSMC Supplier Stand
SMC Supplier StandDelegates from Moy Park at the Mallusk Open DayCon O'Neill, Financial Director H&W with Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI
Tom Grant, CEO GES Group presents Newtownabbey Mayor, Thomas Hogg with giftTom Grant, CEO GES Group presents Raymond Parke MBE with giftTom Grant, CEO GES Group, addresses the audience
Tom Grant, GES CEO, with Alderman Thomas Hogg, and Michelle Pearson, Newtownabbey CouncilBallymena Mayor, Audrey Wales, with GES Group CEO, Tom GrantTrevor Gordon, Projects Manager, with Martin O'Lynn, Devenish Nutrition
Wind Turbine StatorWind Turbine StatorMallusk Workshop Tour 2015

GES Group Site Services

Rachel Doherty - Thursday, February 19, 2015

When your plant or equipment requires repair, how do you remove it from site and transport it to the Workshop?

When you have an outage, or if you are carrying out planned maintenance, the removal and transportation of plant and equipment can be a drain on resources -financially and in terms of manpower and administration. In today's economic climate, many of our customers are choosing to use the expertise and manpower of GES Group in a Site Services role. 

Grants Electrical Services go the extra mile for our customers, working in teams of various sizes to deliver an efficient, competitive and effective solution to machine maintenance issues. We attend sites all over the UK and Ireland, assisting our customers with the task of removing, transporting, refurbishing and re-installing a wide variety of plant and equipment.

We also specialise in predictive maintenance methods and can deliver a bespoke service to a range of industries, enabling potential problems to be identified in advance of any work being carried out. This means less cost and perhaps more importantly, less downtime to production, as only specific machines are targeted for refurbishment.

Our Site Service offering covers not just HV/LV Electric Motors, but also transformers and switchgear, which are often overlooked when refurbishing plant. Refurbishment work is carried out in our own purpose-built workshops, which are fully equipped to handle all types of electrical and mechanical plant.

A typical Site Service could consist of:

  • Attend Site Briefing/Induction
  • Provide all relevant documentation - Risk Assessment/Method Statement/Safe System of Work
  • Set up Safe Working Area
  • Operate in conjunction with the customer's Permit to Work schemes.
  • Provide HV SAP, if required
  • Carry out all electrical switching/isolation
  • Disconnect the faulty equipment electrically and mechanically
  • Provide lifting plans, qualified operators and certified equipment
  • Transport equipment to GES Group's Workshop
  • Fully dismantle and inspect equipment
  • Repair/refurbish the machine
  • Transport back to site
  • Install, commission the machine and re-instate all facilities.

For more information, please contact Mallusk Works Manager, Ray McHugh on: 02890 835567.

Solar Park PV Case Study (1MW phasing to 2MW)

Rachel Doherty - Monday, January 12, 2015

GES Group was appointed to provide the design, installation and commission of a turn-key PV site containing a Medium and High Voltage Grid Connection as part of a Solar Photo-Voltaic Development Project in the UK.

Project Overview:

Following a Project Study and Feasibility Assessment, we outlined the key programme of works including deliverable milestones, estimated duration of tasks and allowances for any unanticipated issues, identifying a specific Schedule of Works and including a detailed Cost Schedule, before commencing the installation.

Some key components of the Project included:

  • 1MWp solar PV array
  • DC to AC inverter
  • LV switchboard
  • LV (415v) to MV (11kv) ground mounted transformer
  • Site LV import from grid
  • Neutral G59/2 (ETR 113) Synchronisation
  • Earthing and Neutral Voltage Metering  Installation
  • Supply of energisation

We were responsible for all civil works associated with establishing the site of the LV/MV transformer substation enclosure, including the civil design of the foundations, and all works were in specification to WPD and compliant with DNO Grid Code for site location. Earthing facilities were also provided by GES to the premises; this was to ensure the installation complied with the requirements for TNS.

Protection settings were designed and applied by GES to function satisfactorily at all times, in accordance with the performance level declared by the manufacturer, and in the presence of electromagnetic phenomena appropriate to industrial environments (in accordance with G59/2 and ETR113). We also provided Neutral Voltage Displacement (NVD) protection, which included the interconnecting cable between the DNO 5 limb VT within the substation, and the G59 protection cube.

Switchgear and control systems were supplied and installed, including a SCADA system with cost-effective remote telemetry operation that enables web-based portal access and monitoring. GES provided full training in the use of the system to the client. We delivered a detailed MV grid connection solution, including full system design and schematic drawings, and we completed the ENA application form for DNO Fault Current grid study on behalf of the client.

This Project was delivered in-line with our commitments to Health and Safety, Quality and the Environment through our ISO 14001, 9001 and 18001 systems, with full RAMS made available to the client.

Find out more about our Renewable capabilities, or call us on 02825 656406 to discuss your Project.

Invest NI Helps Power GES Group's Growth!

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Grants Electrical Services (NI) Ltd. (GES Group), which has operations in Ballymena and Mallusk, has announced that it is investing over £300,000 in growth, including taking on 10 new staff.

The investment in marketing and job creation is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which has offered £47,800 of support.

GES Group provides power and energy solutions for small businesses and large multi-nationals across a range of industries including tyre manufacturers, wind farms, food & drinks manufacturers, engineering specialists, and ship and aerospace manufacturing.

The company currently employs 80, and as well as taking on new staff it is investing over £44,000 in marketing activity to develop new markets and customers.

Commenting on the expansion, Grainne McVeigh, Invest NI’s Director of Life Sciences, Electronics and Consumer Products, said: “Grants Electrical Services is an excellent example of a local company that is continuously pursuing new opportunities and evolving to meet changing customer demands.

This investment will allow GES to seek out new customers through market visits, attending exhibitions and creating new promotional material, while the new staff at Mallusk and Ballymena will ensure the capacity to service its expanding customer base.”

The 10 new staff, supported through this project and which are already in place, include five trainee apprentices.

David Moore, GES Group Managing Director said: “GES Group has enjoyed significant growth and development in 2013-14, having been awarded numerous large scale tenders and projects. We are now targeting new markets with the aim of becoming an industry leader and gaining increased market share in Northern Ireland, in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

To do this we intend to develop new products and services and target sales in the renewable sector. We have developed a comprehensive marketing plan, and are increasing staff numbers to ensure we have the skills to deliver.

Invest NI’s support for the marketing activity and the new jobs will help us to achieve our growth objectives.”