Issue Seven - November 2013
Power Electrics Inside Magazine Inside: + 50th Party Pictures + Departments News + HR Updates
In the issue..
Moving to the Midlands
Investment in Transport
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50th Party Pictures
New Staff at Power Electrics
Dear All Its been a busy summer for Power Electrics and it was all rounded of by the excellent 50th anniversary party at the Passenger Shed in Bristol. There will be many stories from that night which would never be allowed to make it into the staff newsletter, although hopefully some of the less drunk images from page 5 will act as a good reminder of the night. As the year starts to come to a close, its been a special one for Power Electrics with excellent financial success to mark 50 years in the industry of diesel generators. To mark the special anniversary Sarah Hurley made the cake below with her masterchef baking skills.
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Moving to the Midlands As part of the long term Business Development plan, we are proud to announce we have a new temporary depot in the West Midlands. Located in Wolverhampton the depot is designed to better serve Western Power Distribution with rental units for the West Midlands along with expanding further opportunities with existing and new customers.
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With over 230 members of staff and partners in attendance, October 19th marked the date for the Power Electrics 50th Anniversary Party at the Passenger Sheds in Temple Meads, Bristol. There will be many memories of the night which cant be talked about in print or in person, but here are some pictures of the night.
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Finally, a massive thank you to all those involved in organising the night with special thanks to Jo Parkes and Ben Burgess in HR. 6 Power Electrics
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Investment in Transport In the past five years there has been a huge increase in the fleet of Power Electrics HGVâ€™s from 15 to 20 along with an increase of the 4x4 vehicles from 3 to 6. Although the numbers in themselves might not be big, the investment in terms of cost is massive when you consider that a new hiab wagon and drag is approximately ÂŁ150,000. All the vehicles are fully tracked and equipped in accordance with ADR regulations to allow for the transport of hazardous goods. The vehicles are maintained in house and as a result of these increases we have employed an additional fitter and an apprentice, along with continuing to invest in our vehicle service facilities and equipment. In order to operate these additional vehicles, we have employed an additional 10 drivers in the past five year with the current number standing at 23.
All new drivers require specialist training and all new starters have been fully trained and certified as Lorry Loader (Hiab) operators and are ARD certified. Legislation introduced within the past five years has also required us to provide annual driverâ€™s CPC training for all of our drivers. In order to support the increasing burden of legislation and operational planning, the Transport office staff numbers have been increased from 2 to 3.
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New Staff at Power Electrics Name Job Title Department Kevin Beavan
Business Development Manager - Rail
Dean Bettesworth Rental Engineer Rental Samantha Boulton Standard Product Sales Sales Benjamin Buxton Tank Technician Rental Daniel Crossman
Field Service Engineer
Rental Sales Manager
Technical Support Engineer
Darren Williams Parts Sales Manager Parts Tony Snook
Field Service Engineer
Service Operations Desk Supervisor
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Retirements Roger Mileson Roger started at Power Electrics in August 2000 and covered areas of Southern England for the Sales Department. Some of Rogers key accounts included Aspire Electrical, EPI, UPS and the FCO. Rogerâ€™s retirement plans are to spend time with his family, on the golf course, enjoying wine and finally travelling on holiday to Spain.
Richard Coward Richard retired in October and had been working at Power Electrics since May 2008 in the role of E H S & Q Manager. Richard plans to spend his retirement on the golf course as often as possible.
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Below are some of the recent employment law changes: From the 1October minimum wage increased to the following: 21+ years - £6.31 18-20 years - £5.03 Under 18 Years - £3.72 Apprentice - £2.68
Gym Membership If you currently hold a gym membership with Active Gyms, please let Ben know in Human Resources. The Membership covers the Gym, Swimming and Aerobic classes in the following centres: + Longwell Green + Bradley Stoke + Kingswood + Yate + Thornbury If you would be interested in joining the gym, or finding out more information then please log your interest with HR.
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Y A D N OPE On the 17th and 18th October we held two open days at the Bristol Headquarters for staff of Western Power Distribution and also other utility companies. The day was designed by Sales to show off the new Utility Range of equipment. Below are a few photos from the day.
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Marketing Updates Showmans Show For once, the sun shone on the Showmans Show at Newbury Showground this October. To celebrate the fact we are 50 years old this year, a brand new structure was erected to modernise the stand at this years show. On the stand was two 200kVA Synchronising units, one 100kVA Fasttow along with a couple of linklights and distribution. With a team of sales people on hand to talk to existing and potential customers in the events market.
Showmans Show always presents itself to be a perfect show to introduce new equipment, meet suppliers, customers and find out what is going on with competitors within the marketplace. As Power Electrics are involved in many major events around the UK, the show is ideal to attract new business within the events market. Along with Showmans Show, Power Electrics were also Exhibiting at the Water, Sewerage and Waste Exhibition in Birmingham at the same time. If you would like to find out more about exhibitions that Power Electrics are involved with please visit the marketing section of the intranet or feel free to talk to the Marketing Department.
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Department Updates RENTAL BT Contract Renewed
COMPANY WPD Open Day
The Rental Department have come through a lengthy tender process to be awarded with a new three year contract to supply BT with diesel generators.
Power Electrics held the second successful Open Day for Western Power Distribution to show off the new Utility Range of products. Lead by the Sales department, over 30 staff of WPD visited the Bristol Headquarters for a tour of the facilities, showcase of the Utility Range and short training demonstrations of the equipment.
The new contract will support BT exchanges and infrastructure upgrades for planned and emergency work. Brian Holland from Power Electrics commented; “We are delighted with the news. We have been a BT partner for a number of years. BT procurement undergo a thorough supplier evaluation and benchmarking exercise for each contract renewal and this decision proves our consistency and commitment to developing the products and services to fulfil this type of contract.”
A date for the third WPD Open Day has already been arranged on the back of the success of this one.
TRAINING Busy Schedule for Training The training department has been busy with courses being held throughout September and October. Customers included Foreign Commonwealth Office, Bristol Airport and Western Power Distribution.
PERSONNEL Increasing Workforce Power Electrics now have 178 employees working across the UK with 6 vacancy’s being advertised.
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