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GES Group Celebrate Double Win!

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

GES Group (Grants Electrical Services Ltd.) were winners at the 2013 Ballymena Business Excellence Awards, held at the Tullyglass Hotel on Thursday 10th October. 

Peter Brown, a 4th year apprentice, won the Apprentice of the Year award, and Rachel Doherty, HSQE and Marketing Manager, won the Employee of the Year award. The company also achieved Finalist awards in the Right Place to Work and Excellence in Customer Service categories. 

David Moore, GES Managing Director, said, “We work in a highly demanding service sector, so our people are key to sustainable business success. We pride ourselves on building strong partnerships with our clients, customers and suppliers, and foremost our employees. Gaining Investors in People recognition in 2012 assured us that our culture is developing successfully in-line with our strategic programme. GES Group fully supports the development of highly trained, motivated and dedicated employees. We are in the process of adding a further 8 Apprentices to our trainee intake and I am confident our training and development programme will promote sustainable employment within the community. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rachel and Peter for their personal development successes and outstanding achievement; we are very pleased to have them as part of the GES team and as part of our company’s future.”

GES Group would like to acknowledge the NRCs commitment to providing quality training and development programmes, and we wish to congratulate the Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry on their successful event and continuing outstanding efforts for the local business community.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Rachel Doherty - Monday, September 02, 2013

GES Group apprentice, Michael Curtis, participated in this years All Ireland Rowing Championship, held in Carnlough on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th August 2013. 

Michael’s team previously won the Intermediate Men’s title in 2012 and moved up a class to the Junior Men’s in 2013. They qualified in first place for the heat on Saturday, which meant a good lane draw for the final on Sunday. Weather conditions were perfect all weekend, during one of the warmest weekends of the year. Michael said, “During the race the team went into the second turn half-a-length up in first place and then had a terrible turn, coming out half-a-length behind in second. Despite a late charge for the line we were pipped to the post, achieving Silver. Next year we plan to contend for the Senior Men’s title, with the Championships being held in Waterville, Co. Kerry.” Congratulations to Michael and his team for their Silver achievement from all at GES Group! 

If you would like more information on coastal rowing, you can visit Cairndhu Rowing Club’s Facebook Page or www.coastalrowing.net.

GES Group Cycle Team Lap the Lough

Rachel Doherty - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

GES Group's Cycle Team participated in Lap the Lough on the 25th of August 2013, a great team-building experience, the not-for-profit cycling event is one we intend to use as a fundraiser for local charitable organisations in the future.

GES Group’s Management Team includes some avid cyclists who proposed the company participate in 2013’s Lap the Lough, following the introduction of the company Cycle to Work Scheme, which is part of our commitment to employee health and well being. Our Cycle to Work Scheme provides employees with the opportunity to purchase cycles and equipment tax-free through a salary sacrifice initiative. This has proved to be a successful programme, with 9 members of GES Group management and employees, from various company divisions, participating in the 85 mile event on Sunday.

Grants Launch GES Automation

Rachel Doherty - Monday, August 26, 2013

GES Group launch a new wholesale and distribution trade counter at their Ballymena location called GES Automation. 

GES Automation will service the UK and Ireland with technologically advanced automation control equipment from leading suppliers such as Eaton, Schneider, Baco and OEM Automatic. Accessible to all types of industry from its mid-Antrim location, panel builders, electricians and service engineers will all benefit from access to an extensive and high quality range of automation control equipment and switchgear such as timers, sensors, speed controls and relays, which are just a small selection of the specialised equipment held in stock.

For more information call GES Automation on 02825 656406 or GES Automation Ireland on 00353 1413 3937, alternatively you can email us at sales@grantselectrical.co.uk.

Grants Involved in Ground Breaking Facility

Rachel Doherty - Friday, August 23, 2013

GES Group (Grants Electrical Services Ltd.) has worked with NI’s oldest creamery, Ballyrashane, to construct and commission a £3.5m ground breaking 'green energy' facility that uses organic dairy waste to generate electricity.

The creamery, based in Coleraine commissioned an Anaerobic Digester (AD) plant, which is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, that will transform its business, provide important new income streams for local farmers and sustain current employment levels.

Ballyrashane Chief Executive Nigel Kemps, told guests who attended the official opening of the plant: "This is a tremendously exciting and privately-funded initiative that will radically reduce our energy costs as well as generate sufficient electricity to run the entire Ballyrashane facility, whilst enabling our processing operation to run completely carbon free."

The new purpose-built plant sits on a four acre site at the company’s existing farm premises near the current Ballyrashane production facility. This plant utilises Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Tank Technology to produce renewable biogas from creamery wastes, energy crops and cattle slurry from local farms, generating more than 7m kWh of electricity and additional process heat through Combined Heat & Power technology. The process will also provide odour free Bio-fertiliser as a by-product for use in local farming production.

The project was designed by the Ballyrashane Creamery Energy Team, headed by Ian Campbell (Operation Manager), with analysis and detailed design undertaken by the Carbon Trust NI. Nigel Kemps added: "We are delighted to be the first dairy company in Northern Ireland to invest in this exciting technology. This is a proven process that has worked extremely successfully in other parts of the world. The Carbon Trust identified the project as unique to the sector, given the co-operation between the dairy and local farmers. It is a unique model and demonstrates an innovative approach to cutting costs, reliance on fossil fuels and our carbon footprint. The Carbon Trust has assisted us with the project from the start, carrying out an initial feasibility study to prove the concept.”

At the official opening Nigel Kemps paid tribute to all of those involved in delivering the ambitious scheme.

“On behalf of the Ballyrashane Co-op Board and members I’d like to pay tribute to Ian Campbell and his team who have ensured this demanding project has been delivered successfully in line with what were quite ambitious timelines. He was greatly supported by Martin and Hamilton and Grants Electrical Services who had to work through some very difficult weather conditions during last autumn and winter but managed to deliver the project on time."

Employee Cycle to Work Scheme

Rachel Doherty - Monday, February 04, 2013

GES Group is committed to encouraging sustainable methods of business practice; promoting healthier journeys to work, a reduction in environmental pollution and in the use of resources by providing employees with a Cycle to Work Scheme.

Our new scheme provides employees with the use of a bike and safety equipment that can be paid off over a 12 month period, with a great financial incentive as the scheme is operated through HMRC salary sacrifice, meaning employees make significant tax savings. Grants Electrical Services Group have also partnered with some key bicycle suppliers in Northern Ireland, who offer employees further discount on bulk purchases from their stores - so, there's even more ways to save!  

As well as our Cycle to Work Scheme, we maintain a Corporate Cycle Team open to employee membership. However, all employees can avail of the Cycle to Work Scheme without joining the Corporate Cycle Team.

For more information contact Rachel Doherty, HSQE Manager, at GES Group Head Office.

We are an Investors in People organisation!

Rachel Doherty - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

GES Group (Grants Electrical Services Ltd.), are proud to announce that we have been officially recognised as an Investors in People organisation!

Investors in People (IIP) is acknowledged as the most successful framework for business improvement through investing in a company’s most significant asset – its people. The IIP framework has been extended to include achievement of the core Standard but also includes the recently added Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

GES Group has been successful in achieving Bronze level at our first accreditation. Tom Grant, GES Group CEO, said: “We are thrilled to have been successful in gaining IIP accreditation, Grants Electrical place emphasis on providing on-going learning, up-skilling and professional development for our team, this also ensures that our customers receive excellent service and technical expertise. It is this commitment that has gained GES Group its excellent reputation and will ensure our sustained growth and success.”

David Moore, GES Group Managing Director added, “Investors in People is a tremendous achievement and one that demonstrates a clear commitment to the development and success of GES Group employees, and our desire to transform organisational performance by continually improving, learning and growing.”

Presenting the awards at Hillsborough Castle, Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People UK, said: “It is an honour to be able to present awards to organisations that are achieving fantastic results by really investing in their workforce. Businesses that achieve the Investors in People Standard have proven their commitment to realising the potential of their people, adopting sound people management practices we know contribute to organisational success, and then evidencing this through a rigorous assessment process. IIP is now firmly established as a global mark of good practice in both people and business development.”

Group HSQE Manager and Investors in People Co-Ordinator, Rachel Doherty, commented: “Receiving this award is a true testament to the hard work, determination and dedication of the whole team, who work together to provide a first class service. The IIP process is a rigorous evaluation and the company would like to thank all of our employees for pulling together to ensure our success. Grants Electrical Services was established in 1972 and has a long history of putting employees first, which is probably one of the reasons we have such a high retention rate, in fact some of our team have been with us since 1972, and in today’s workplace that is usually unheard of. GES Group will continue to develop our policies, procedures and practices and we will continue to invest in our people."

GES Group Win Apprentice of the Year 2012

Rachel Doherty - Friday, October 12, 2012

GES Group Apprentice, Michael Curtis, wins Apprentice of the Year at the 10th annual Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards!

Held at the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena, on Thursday 11th of October, Michael Curtis, a 4th Year Apprentice with Grants Electrical Services Ltd. walked away from the event a winner. Michael currently holds an NVQ L3 and a BETEC qualification, and he is currently completing his HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Since embarking on his Apprenticeship with GES, Michael has consistently met and surpassed our requirements and expectations. GES Group’s role in Industry includes the refurbishment of complex machine components for a wide range of applications, and our demanding Engineering programmes require multi-skilled people with both electrical and mechanical disciplines. Our apprentice rotation policy has ensured that Michael has been given a sound grounding in a variety of skills such as panel building, servicing, maintenance and motor rewinds.

David Moore, GES Group Managing Director said, “GES Group works to achieve and maintain powerful partnerships with industry, our customers and our employees. Michael’s success is a perfect example of our new strategy having recently invested in a new training and development programme with an intake of 18 apprentices. The company would like to thank Mike for his brilliant efforts over the past 4 years of his apprenticeship, committing to his own personal and professional success and development; we are very pleased to have him as part of our future strategy.”

GES Group would also like to acknowledge the NRC’s commitment to providing quality training and development to apprentices and local businesses, and we of course congratulate the Ballymena Chamber of Commerce on their 10th anniversary; their outstanding efforts continue to encourage and develop the local business community.

GES Group Join Ballymena Chamber

Rachel Doherty - Monday, September 03, 2012

GES Group are one of 14 new recruits to the Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

To mark the occasion, the Chamber held a Welcome Meeting in the Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena. Greeting guests at the event, Chamber President Thomas McKillen, said: “New members are the lifeblood of any organisation. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge in this Chamber and I hope you find membership to be both enjoyable and beneficial.”

The new members introduced themselves to the gathering and were presented with their membership certificates by Mr McKillen.

They are: Burnside Financial Planning, TaxAssist Accountants Ballymena, Carrig Mor Training and Consultancy, Slemish Design Studio, Money Pillar Ltd., Garage Door Systems, GES Group (Grants Electrical Services Ltd.), Nampak Plastics, Stewarts Solicitors, Spice Palace, Cards for You, Clear Channel NI, Eugene and Michelle Reid and Marcon Fit-Out.