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GES Goes Pink For Giro!

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, May 07, 2014

GES Group are big fans of cycling and we were very excited when we discovered that the Giro d'Italia was to pass through our Head Office hometown of Ballymena!

Our Management Team, Coporate Cycle Team and other (less cycle-mad) employees are participating in a variety of events over the course of the week, which we will keep you updated with here.

Stay up-to-date with Giro d'Italia here.

GES Group have gone pink in support of the Giro d'Italia! 

What do you think of our new look?

Annual Communication Day 2013

Rachel Doherty - Monday, April 14, 2014

GES Group's Annual Communication Day provides our team with the opportunity to come together to hear about our success and progression throughout the year, and to celebrate both company and individual team member achievements.

For 2013, we hosted our Annual Communication Day at our Mallusk premises, which is currently undergoing expansion and renovation.

Key Achievements in 2013 included:

  • Sustained company growth via successful achievement of 2012/13 Objectives and Targets
  • Further diversification and specialisms developed in key market areas
  • Development of our Group skills through investment in up-skilling and training (approx. £150,000 spent on training in 2012/13)
  • Superior premises through our Mallusk Expansion and Renovation Project, increasing site size by 11,000sq. ft. and creating at least 11 new jobs
  • Growth and development of our Apprenticeship Programme with the addition of 9 new Apprentices
  • Winner of Ballymena Business Awards Apprentice of the Year and Employee of the Year 2013
  • Finalist in Ballymena Business Awards Right Place to Work and Excellence in Customer Service 
  • Successful NQA Management System Accreditation to ISO 18001, 9001 and 14001 in December 2013
  • Launch of our new company website
Click on photos below to view full size and to browse through the gallery:
GES Group General Manager, Crawford Mitchell, gets the ball rolling...GES Group Managing Director, David Moore, gives feedback to the teamGrants Electrical Services Engineers
Grants Electrical Services Group ShotGES Group NVQ Assessor, Lawrence Green, gives a motivational talk to our new starts!David Moore discusses company plans for 2014
Ray McHugh, Mallusk Manager, thanks his team for their hard work in 2013Richard Paul, Services Manager, congratulates his team for their great yearRodney Paul, M&T Switchgear Manager, thanks his team for their hard work
Ronnie Moore, Ballymena Manager, congratulates his team for successfully leading change in GES GroupDavid Moore gives an overview of company success in 2013Tom Grant, CEO, rounds up the Management presentations
It's all fun and games...Tom Grant and Ray McHugh prepare to celebrate the Mallusk Expansion ProjectMallusk Expansion Project Celebrations 1
Mallusk Expansion Project Celebrations 2Mallusk Expansion Project Celebrations 3GES Group Engineers Group Shot
Ray Magill, M&T Switchgear, receives recognition for his long serviceRay Magill long service recognitionRodney Paul (M&T Switchgear Manager) presents Ray Magill with a gift to recognise long service
Ray Magill, M&T SwitchgearTommy Cameron, Ballymena Workshop, receives Long Service Award for 41 years continuous serviceTom Grant presents David Moore, Managing Director, with Long Service Award for 28 years continuous service
Rhonda Dickey, Administration, receives Long Service Award for 49 years continuous serviceRhonda Dickey receives Longest Serving Award for 49 years continuous service from GES Group's newest and youngest recruit Graham McDowellTom Grant presents Brian Moore, Ballymena Workshop, with Long Service Award for 36 years continuous service
Tom Grant presents David Moore, Managing Director, with Long Service Award for 28 years continuous serviceTom Grant presents Rhonda Dickey with Long Service Award for a whopping 49 years continuous service!Tom Grant presents Ronnie Moore, Ballymena Manager, with Long Service Award for 42 years continuous service
Tom Grant presents Tommy Cameron, Ballymena Workshop with Long Service Award for 41 years continuous serviceGES Group Annual Communication Day 2013GES Group Administration and Sales Team
GES Group Ballymena Workshop Team
GES Group Mallusk Workshop TeamGES Group Projects and Services TeamGES Group Management Team
GES Group Apprentice Intake 2013Grants Electrical Services Group ShotGrants Electrical Services Group Shot

GES Welcomes Lorraine Farrell

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

GES Group are dedicated to meeting and exceeding our customers' needs and requirements, and as part of that commitment we have appointed Lorraine Farrell as our new Customer Relations Executive.

Lorraine has experience selling Engineering and Manufacturing components and goods to a variety of industries including: mining, food and drink manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, retail, feed mills and power plants. She has joined GES Group to promote our diverse product and services portfolio to our existing customer base and to potential new clients, and to act as a field-based point of contact for all of our customers. 

Three Facts About Lorraine:

  1. Lorraine was born in NI and moved to South Africa when she was 3 years of age, where she lived for 27 years before coming home.

  2. Lorraine speaks fluent Afrikaans.

  3. Lorraine was a Drum Majorette in High School, and won the South African National Championships in 1991.

Lorraine enjoys taking Lola, her cross-breed Pug/Scottish Highland Terrior, for long walks. She also likes the occasional glass of wine and spending time with her family when she isn't working hard to promote Grants Electrical through face-to-face meetings with our customers, which is her preferred method of contact. Lorraine describes herself as a "people person" who loves a challenge.

If you would like to get in touch with Lorraine, you can contact her by email - lfarrell@grantselectrical.co.uk

Top 40 Under Forty Feature

Rachel Doherty - Monday, April 07, 2014

Grants Electrical Services Ltd. would like to congratulate Rachel Doherty (Group HSQE and Marketing Manager) for being featured in Business First Online's Top 40 Under Forty feature in the March/April edition of the magazine.

Rachel is the youngest nominee in the feature, and Business First writes, "Rachel joined GES Group on the Parity graduate training programme in July 2012 with BSc (Hons) Public Relations from the University of Ulster. Upon completion of the programme, her achievements secured her a permanent position as Group HSQE and Marketing Manager, holding a seat on the company Management Team. In the past 18 months, Rachel has guided the company through significant change, resulting in NQA accreditation to ISO 18001, 9001 and 14001 Standards, Investors in People recognition and the introduction of a strategic Balanced Scorecard. In recognition of her achievements, Rachel was presented with Employee of the Year at the Ballymena Business Awards, 2013." 

The inaugural Business First 40 Under Forty list is an impressive testament to the vitality of NI's up and coming business leaders. Sponsored by Abbey Bon Lovis, the list includes individuals as varied as company founders and directors to young employees who are making a marked difference in their company. The founding members of the Business First Under 40 Club are multi-talented individuals working hard to secure their own, their company's and our community's economic futures. They are all champions of business and are ready to launch themselves into a positive and exciting future in NI.

MLA Visit to Mallusk Expansion Project

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

GES Group hosted local MLAs at their Mallusk premises, where CEO Tom Grant announced the company's development plans for a £200K expansion project that will see the Workshop and facility size increase by 11,000 sq. ft. 

GES Group (Grants Electrical Services Ltd.), established in Ballymena in 1972, are now a leading electrical and mechanical engineering company with three locations in Ballymena (Head Office), Antrim and Mallusk. The 2014 Mallusk Expansion Project will not only increase the size and capabilities of the Mallusk Workshop, but will also generate at least 11 new jobs in local areas, including 9 Apprenticeship placements.

David Moore, GES Group Managing Director, said, “This is a very exciting time for GES Group. Grants Electrical Services has a long-established reputation in Ballymena, Northern Ireland and beyond for quality products, technical expertise and unparalleled service standards.

This expansion project will further enhance our company capabilities and will also see the creation of at least 10 new jobs, including 8 new Engineering Apprentice positions. Not only will we expand our premises in 2014, but we recently launched a new website and we have also achieved NQA ISO 9001, 18001 and 14001 accreditation.”

GES Group have had a successful year; Investors in People status, winning Employee of the Year and Apprentice of the Year at the annual Ballymena Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, and being a key partner in the successful development and commissioning of the renewable energy, carbon neutral, AD Plant for Ballyrashane Co-Op, which was also an award winner at the Sustainable Ireland Awards 2013.

Mr Grant added, “GES Group were traditionally an AC/DC motor rewind and remanufacture specialist, but we have developed our portfolio to provide an extensive range of technically advanced products and services like industrial electrical contracting and maintenance, design and manufacture of switchboard distribution systems, HV installation and testing and dynamic balancing and vibration analysis, all with a break-down service for clients that is fully operational 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.”

Mr Moore continues, “We pride ourselves on building strong partnerships with clients and offering the best in energy solutions to a wide variety of industries; from dairy facilities, to tyre manufacturers, animal feed plants to power stations – using a unique, holistic and full-circle approach, so that we can provide for all of our customer and client needs in-house. The development of our Mallusk facility will strengthen our position and allow for even further development of our capabilities, as we look forward to growing our business in 2014.”

GES Group will host a Grand Opening event at their Mallusk premises for customers and suppliers upon completion.

Grants Electrical Achieve Industry First

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Northern Ireland based Electrical and Mechanical Engineering company makes a considerable investment in new and innovative testing technology.

GES Group (Grants Electrical Services Ltd.) aims to provide the best in preventive and predictive maintenance programmes by building powerful partnerships with their clients through investment, innovation and collaboration with their key strategic partners. The company are the first in Northern Ireland to use some of  the most advanced HV test systems available on the market.

GES Group provide VLF testing on newly installed high voltage cables on wind turbines and solar farms using the HVA60 VLF test set - the lightest, most compact instrument of its type on the market that has the highest power to weight ratio of any comparable device. The HVA60 is capable of testing capacitive loads up to 1µF (approx.10,000 ft. / 3000m of cable) at 0.1Hz and 60kV peak and the frequency of the output can also be reduced allowing even larger capacitance loads to be tested.

The £40,000 investment also included the purchase of the MFM10 Sheath Tester and Fault Locator. Cable sheath testing is a vital tool in preventative maintenance of electricity supply to low and high voltage cable networks - a damaged insulated cable sheath will inevitably result in a cable fault causing interrupted electricity supply to low voltage and high voltage cable networks. The MFM10 incorporates pre-location to speed up fault location on large cable runs. During cable sheath fault pinpointing, step voltage measurement is used to locate the fault to carry out cable repair or jointing. An intact polymeric cable sheath is a prerequisite for the avoidance of water ingress and subsequent cable faults in low and high voltage cable networks - the pre-location and pinpointing of cable sheath faults prevent aging, faults and stresses that are a consequence of water ingress.

GES Group Managing Director, David Moore, said, 

"In the past, test procedures were systematic, timely and expensive due to traditional methods and technology used by the industry as standard. Now

, we can 

pin-point cable failures of various categories and lengths within a few hours of arriving on-site. This is a major step forward for GES and for the industry.


Down-time results in major costs and losses of revenue, so we are very pleased that our technological investment will play a major proactive role in preventative trend analysis to many network owners, while providing confidence that we are available to react should the unfortunate occurrence of cable failures exist."

Congratulations to Kim Taggart!

Rachel Doherty - Monday, March 10, 2014

GES Group (Grants Electrical Services Ltd.) would like to congratulate Kim Taggart for being successful in receiving the Moy Park Bursary to support her studies in BSc (Hons) Food Design and Nutrition. 

Kim, from Ballyclare, is the daughter of GES Group Administration Assistant, Carol Taggart, and is currently studying in her first year of the degree. She graduated from Loughry in 2013 with a National Diploma in Food Nutrition and Health. 

SKF E2 Bearings

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GES Group Workshops in Ballymena and Mallusk are the only motor rewinding facilities in Northern Ireland that use the SKF E2 Energy Efficient deep groove ball bearings as standard in our motors for repair. 

Benefits of the E2 Bearings:

  • Improves the reliability and efficiency of machines
  • Reduces friction by 30-50% over standard bearings
  • Allows for faster running speeds of motors
  • Allows for larger motor life-cycles
  • Reduces machine maintenance requirements
  • Helps to increase customer plant up-time
  • Produces less noise
  • Lower running temperature

Total Benefit
- our customers reduce their energy consumption and increase their plant up-time because at GES we believe in using a high-quality product to provide the best solution.

Cut Energy Consumption and Save

Rachel Doherty - Friday, November 22, 2013

On 25 October 2012, the EU adopted the Directive on Energy Efficiency (2012/27/EU), a legal obligation for all EU Member States to set a national target for a reduction in energy consumption and to drive-up energy efficiency. 

This Directive establishes a common framework of legally binding measures for the promotion of energy efficiency at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution, to its final consumption. The aim is that the Directive will assist the EU in achieving their 2020 headline target of 20% reduction in energy consumption, while also paving the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond that date. The Directive lays down rules designed to remove barriers in the energy market and overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy. These will drive energy efficiency improvements in households, industries and transport sectors. Other measures include an exemplary role to be played by the public sector and a right for consumers to know how much energy they consume.

Each EU Member State presented their national indicative targets in April 2013, with a review to be held by the Commission in the first semester of 2014. If the EU is off-track, the Commission has said it intends to come back with a proposal for further legislation.

What are the measures?

  • Energy companies are requested to reduce energy sales by 1.5% every year among their customers. This can be achieved via improved heating systems, fitting double-glazed windows or insulating roofs.
  • The public sector is required to renovate 3% of buildings "owned and occupied" by the central government in each country. Buildings need to have a useful area larger than 500m2 in order to be covered by this requirement (lowered to 250m2 as of July 2015).
  • EU countries are requested to draw up a roadmap to make the entire buildings sector more energy efficient by 2050 (commercial, public and private households included).
  • Energy audits and management plans are required for large companies, with cost-benefit analyses for the deployment of combined heat and power generation (CHP) and public procurement.

Reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency is the aim of the Directive - but it also makes great business sense. In Industrial companies, energy can account for up to one third of operating costs, so reducing energy consumption is key to remaining competitive. Implementing intensified energy efficiency actions can radically reduce energy use by up to 30%, which is essential in cost-effective production. Identifying when and where to cut energy use can be difficult, and may result in compromising production targets, or worse product quality. This is where GES Group come in with our specialised technologies and services, including mapping your site with energy surveys and audits, system upgrades and the exploitation of renewable energy sources.

For more information, or to make an enquiry, email info@grantselectrical.co.uk to make contact with our Renewables Department.

GES Group Cycle Team Get In Gear

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

GES Group Corporate Cycle Team recently invested in some snazzy cycling gear for all members. The new outfits include…